Tuesday, February 06, 2007


In this edition, Joe Klein asserts that his assertion of support for the war was a one time "moment of stupid weakness on the brink of war."

Well, how about this appearance on Hardball?

Mr. KLEIN: Yeah.

MATTHEWS: Do you think the president and his people still want to try to avoid a war, or are they using this weapons inspection program as a pretext to go in there?

Mr. KLEIN: I--I think--I--in all likelihood we're going to go to war with Iraq, but I think we're already...

MATTHEWS: No matter what Iraq does?

Mr. KLEIN: Well--but--but we're in--but we're in a war. And--and this has to be seen in the context of the larger conflict with--with radical Islam. I mean, we're at the beginning, I fear, of a very long religious war.

Ms. VANDEN HEUVEL: But--but a war with Iraq is a distraction from the fight against terrorism. The consequences of destabilization in the region undermining the real fight. The anti-Americanism it's going to breed

Mr. KLEIN: Not if it's going to be right.

Mr. CARLSON: Well...

Ms. VANDEN HEUVEL: What is it doing right...

Mr. KLEIN: Not--not if it's done right.

Ms. VANDEN HEUVEL: Re--regime--but the--the whole preemptive--but...

Mr. KLEIN: This guy has some really terrible stuff and you've got to get rid of it.

So he was against the war even though "This guy has some really terrible stuff and you've got to get rid of it."

Maybe we were going to zap it out of there with a Star Trek transporter?