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Thursday, June 05, 2003

The Guardian finally did a serious backpedal on their misrepresentation of a Paul Wolfowitz quote (via Instapundit):
A report which was posted on our website on June 4 under the heading "Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil" misconstrued remarks made by the US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, making it appear that he had said that oil was the main reason for going to war in Iraq. He did not say that. He said, according to the department of defence website, "The ... difference between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options with Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil. In the case of North Korea, the country is teetering on the edge of economic collapse and that I believe is a major point of leverage whereas the military picture with North Korea is very different from that with Iraq." The sense was clearly that the US had no economic options by means of which to achieve its objectives, not that the economic value of the oil motivated the war. The report appeared only on the website and has now been removed.

Obviously, that was the right thing to do. The problem is, the original error is already out there and undoubtedly being repeated, certainly by those who are the most reflexively anti-Bush and anti-American. Months from now we are still going to be hearing from these guys that "Wolfowitz admitted it was all about ooooiiiiiiiillllllll."

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