Doesn’t look as if Wolfie’s apology is going down very well. Here’s the full text of an item from John Haywood’s “Washington Wire” in today’s Wall Street Journal“
His excuse? Pentagon official Wolfowitz, who called media reports in Iraq inacurate because journalists “are afraid to travel,” underestimated U.S. combat deaths by one-third in recent Congressional testimony.
Of course, a naive observer might have thought that one of the architects of the Iraq war would be embarrassed to admit that, a year and change after “Mission Accomplished,” the country was still to scary for even war correspondents to try to wander around in. Or that at least one reporter would have pointed out that just about the entire staff of the CPA is also afraid to leave the Green Zone. (The main exception is Ambassador Bremer himself, who travels with heavy muscle around him.)
But that would have to be a very naive observer.
Update: More here, from the Stakeholder. Nice to see Howie Kurtz putting his professional loyalty ahead of his partisan bias, for just this once.