I think to call, to equate the positions of a government that's trying to get it's hands on a crisis, launching a war with imprecise information, and so on, and constantly changing terrain, with spin, it's just not fair.
And to equate it with bin Laden is outrageous. And I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with spin. Spin is not evil. Spin is not lying. Spin is casting things in the best possible light, and We are not at that level of attempting to spin every single thing. I think, yes, they are attempting to put the best face on certain things, as any human being is. But I don't think they're spinning in the sense of taking it to a whole new degree in which all they care about is appearance rather than reality.
You're a former Middle East correspondent. What do you make of the increasingly, in my view, negative take on the war effort by journalists? I mean, there's been a lot of, you know, we're four weeks into this, perhaps this is way premature, but you see the word Vietnam thrown around. You see the word quagmire thrown around. Are journalists being a little impatient here in trying Primarily because it's Afghanistan and Afghanistan was the Soviet's Vietnam, and I can see why people are making that connection.
But I think it's way too early, and as the secretary of defense said the other day, it's been three weeks and three days of a war that they have repeatedly said is going to take years and years and years. That means we are about one- tenth of 1 percent into the war at this point, and I do think that to be drawing conclusions of any kind is ridiculous at this point.
Andrew Sullivan, I want to use the terribly unfair tactic of quoting some of your own words back to you, writing about I think that the cries of censorship that came up when anybody dared to criticize the relativism and nihilism of some of the statements coming from the far left was baloney.
It's not censorship. It's not censorship for me to criticize somebody. It's censorship when the government says you cannot say these things. No one in the government is saying you cannot say these things, and censorship is a kind of mirror. It's a smoke-screen to disguise their own particular views. KURTZ: But you've been criticized, for example, by "Salon" editor David Talbot as being self-righteous, arrogant and judging the patriotism of other journalists who may not agree with you.
I'm saying that some of their views were ridiculous and, in my view, morally obscene after the attack upon 5, innocent Americans. And, look, there is a culture here among journalists, which we all understand. It's especially deep in a particular generation that came of age during the Vietnam War and went into journalism as a crusading liberal effort.
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