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A major asks: Now that we have gay soldiers, what about the guys who said this move would destroy the military?

A Best Defender who is a major on active duty writes to ask:

At what point in time should journalists, bloggers, etc ... hold those who made wildly inaccurate predications on the lifting of the ban accountable? All the retired generals and officers (LTG Mixon, Merrill A. McPeak and Col. Dave Bedey for example) who predicted that soldiers would leave the military by the thousands, or John McCain and other politicians describing how it would affect us as a fighting force? At some point I feel that the public should be reminded of their predictions so the next time they make predictions that are way off the mark, fewer people will give them credence.

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2 minds on the Iranian assassination plot

I don't know what to believe. Juan Cole makes a pretty good case that the facts of the matter make it look like it was not really run by the Iranian government, mainly because of the sloppiness of the accused, which is said to be uncharacteristic of Iranian overseas operations. On the other hand, one thing I learned in two decades as a reporter was never to underestimate the potential of people to screw up, especially large organizations. I mean, who would have believed that people in the White House would hire a bunch of semi-competent "third-rate" thugs to break into the Democratic Party's national offices?