Buckley vs. the Hawks

BUCKLEY vs. THE HAWKS….Is William F. Buckley a traitor and a defeatist, a useful idiot who provides aid and comfort to our enemies?

William F. Buckley Jr., the longtime conservative writer and leader, said George W. Bush’s presidency will be judged entirely by the outcome of a war in Iraq that is now a failure.

…. Buckley said he doesn’t have a formula for getting out of Iraq, though he said “it’s important that we acknowledge in the inner councils of state that it (the war) has failed, so that we should look for opportunities to cope with that failure.”

The 80-year-old Buckley is among a handful of prominent conservatives who are criticizing the war. Asked who is to blame for what he deems a failure, Buckley said, “the president,” adding that “he doesn’t hesitate to accept responsibility.”

Buckley called Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a longtime friend, “a failed executor” of the war. And Vice President Dick Cheney “was flatly misled,” Buckley said. “He believed the business about the weapons of mass destruction.”

I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but Dick Cheney was “flatly misled”? In which alternate universe could someone believe that?