Sunday 24 September 2017

Fighting the war from a radio studio

Now, apparently, Eamon Dunphy and Fintan O'Toole are the military experts, says George Dempsey

It seems that the American commanders have got the war all wrong. Who says so? Why, of course, our very own military experts Fintan O'Toole and Eamon Dunphy. They're agreed oh, how they do agree that the Americans are "clearly" just not going about it right. Not content with seizing the sanctimonious high ground, they're intent as well on instructing the generals in how to fight an "intelligent" war. Fancy that.

Just for starters, they've both been taking on Richard Perle, the longtime American defence expert and former Undersecretary for International Affairs in the US Defence Department. It seems that, on RTÉ television, Perle responded to some querulous comment by Fintan O'Toole about cluster bombs by saying, "Nonsense. You don't know what you're talking about." On the foot of that remark, Dunphy charged Perle with having "lied to the Irish people". I don't get it. Since when does telling Fintan O'Toole that he doesn't know what he's talking about constitute lying?

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