From Ted Koppel, who has persuaded himself that the public cares what he thinks about the war:
“If the administration was really doing what it ought to be doing, they — everyone from the president on down — would have explained we have to remain in Iraq with such clarity that everyone would understand the sacrifice of 2,000, or even 20,000, lives is essential,” he says. “My complaint is that the administration has done a poor job of explaining why we’re in Iraq. You don’t fight a war and allow just a tiny fraction of the population to carry the burden. It’s hard to make the case that the rest of us are sharing in the burden of being at war when our taxes have been cut, not increased. There are no victory gardens. No one is being asked to do anything, really. That’s why I thought it was important to show all those photographs and read all those names, not as a way of saying the war is wrong.”
The “clarity” is in the votes, in January, last month and next. Ted Koppel and his MoveOn.org co-religionists don’t get that, and that won’t change. But it doesn’t mean that problem ought to go unnoticed but the folks who do understand.