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Daily Beast: Gingrich, Romney, and GOP Forget Iraq Mistake

Author: Peter Beinart
January 23, 2012


Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum pushed for the Iraq War. Now the media should make them explain what they've learned from being wrong and why we should trust their eagerness to bomb Iran, writes Peter Beinart.

Newt Gingrich thinks that because CNN's John King asked about his personal life last week, the "elite, liberal media" is out to get Republican presidential candidates. Nonsense. If journalists really wanted to make Gingrich and his fellow GOP frontrunners squirm, they'd ask why they supported the war in Iraq.

It's no secret that American political culture often suffers from amnesia. Still, there's something amazing about the fact that Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney can breezily advocate war with Iran without ever having to explain what their support for the Iraq War says about their judgment on matters of war and peace.

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