Perky* CBS News anchor Katie Couric weighed in rather predictably on the Iraq War in a speech at the National Press Club last night.
“Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war,” said Couric, adding that it is “pretty much accepted” that the war in Iraq was a mistake.
“I’ve never understood why [invading Iraq] was so high on the administration’s agenda when terrorism was going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that [Iraq] had no true connection with al Qaeda.”
That puts her firmly in the center ... the center of the left-wing anti-war movement. I won't bother to fisk some of the nonsense in the quotes above, because later in the article comes an even bigger head-scratcher. You see, her feelings about war really have nothing to do with Iraq and being 'misled' into a 'failed' war. No, for her it started at September 11th and the Afghanistan intervention. You know, the "good" war.
The former “Today” show anchor traced her discomfort with the administration’s march to war back to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying ‘we’ when referring to the United States and, even the ‘shock and awe’ of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable. And I remember feeling, when I was anchoring the ‘Today’ show, this inevitable march towards war and kind of feeling like, ‘Will anybody put the brakes on this?’ And is this really being properly challenged by the right people? And I think, at the time, anyone who questioned the administration was considered unpatriotic and it was a very difficult position to be in.”
She felt "just a little uncomfortable" with the wave of patriotism that engulfed the United States after 'we' were attacked on September 11, 2001? She wanted to "put the brakes on" the "inevitable march" to respond after 9/11 and deal with the terrorists who took so many innocent lives in an attack on our soil. And just who are the "right people" that should challenge it.
The question must be asked. Ms. Couric, is there anything you do believe in fighting for? Or does it just have to be the "right people" advocating action?
*As I understand it, any story about Ms. Couric is required by law to use the adjective "perky" at least once.