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You won’t find the above headline anywhere else. Believe me, I've tried. Still, it's true. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 10, 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the following jaw-dropping statement:

“We were attacked from Afghanistan in 2001, and we are at war in Afghanistan today, in no small measure because of mistakes this government made--mistakes I among others made in the end game of the anti-Soviet war there some 20 years ago.”

That’s an astonishing confession, even if mine was the only jaw that dropped. Gates is the first high official in the Bush administration to acknowledge what war critics have been lambasted for even suggesting. OK, he didn’t use the word “blowback,” but by definition, that’s what he’s talking about.  A certain radio commentator once all but called me a traitor for suggesting what Gates openly admits. Many others, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright most recently, have been denounced all over this country for suggesting 9/11 was caused by failed U.S. policy. Yes, Wright said much else as well. Nevertheless he took a hit for stating the same notion.

So why is Big Media silent about Gates? You tell me. Eventually, this story might show up on Page 5 in your local daily, especially if this column gets around, but it will never be top of Page One, where it counts, just as you never saw the following headlines there when they might’ve made a difference:

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blowback is so defeatist a sounding term. it was r... by Wolfie on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 11:22:02 AM
was saying is if the doctrine of pre-emptive wars ... by Better World Order on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 12:35:03 PM
Are you suggesting that a government agency that s... by Mr M on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 2:37:52 PM
It's called damage control, almost all the wor... by douglas kay on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 4:17:09 PM
A supposed admission that we are having difficulti... by Tim Riley on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 5:03:49 PM
the salomon building was definitely over a natural... by Wolfie on Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 2:32:53 AM
Is it possible that what started as a pre-emptive ... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 5:20:44 PM
the real truth is a permutation of the words, lett... by Wolfie on Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 10:36:53 AM
If gates admits Ron Paul was right...what would th... by Jeanette Doney on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 6:17:37 PM
The Children of Iraqhttp://www.gpln.com/childrenof... by Mark A. Goldman on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 6:33:57 PM
That’s an astonishing confession, The o... by steve scheetz on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 8:42:37 PM
A Suni Muslim Saddam Hussein who hated the US coul... by steve scheetz on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 8:46:30 PM
Hussein moved sharply to a secular view while Bin ... by csnet on Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 12:25:53 AM
Just as Malcolm X stated after JFK got shot (refer... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 10:39:33 AM
'On June 5, 2006, the Muckraker Report contact... by brian on Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 5:00:03 PM
It certainly doesn't appear that Don Williams ... by Alan Williams on Friday, Apr 18, 2008 at 4:47:57 AM
you are so right that it makes every thing said, t... by Wolfie on Friday, Apr 18, 2008 at 6:27:04 PM
Thanks for the lively debate. First, I'm&... by Don Williams on Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 8:40:47 AM
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First, I agree with the comment that Gates may act... by crispy on Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 11:08:18 PM