'Should Have Made a Clearer Distinction'

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Overdue Correction
The New York Times, two and a half weeks after including Henry Kissinger on a list of Republicans opposed to a war with Iraq has published a correction, of sorts. In a five-paragraph editor's note , the Times says that in one story it "should have made a clearer distinction" between Kissinger — who supports a war with Iraq — and such war opponents as Brent Scowcroft. And it says that in a second report it "listed Mr. Kissinger incorrectly among Republicans who were warning outright against a war."

The Claims Continue
But the Times note goes on to claim that in an article in the Washington Post — "Mr. Kissinger said removing Mr. Hussein from power...was not an appropriate goal." In fact, Kissinger never said any such thing. What he said was that toppling Saddam "should be subordinated in American declaratory policy to the need to eliminate weapons of mass destruction." Indeed, the administration has repeatedly said that disarmament is the goal, and regime change is the only way to achieve it.

"Abolish the White Race?"
The current issue of Harvard Magazine includes an article titled Abolish the White Race. It was written by a Noel Ignatiev, a fellow at Harvard's W.E.B. Dubois Institute, one of the best-known black studies programs in the country. In the article, drawn from one of his books, Ignatiev says eliminating the white race "is so desirable that some may find it hard to believe that it could incur any opposition other than from committed white supremacists." He says by abolishing the race he means not white people but the "social construct known as the white race." Every white group, says Ignatiev, who is white himself, has "advanced its particular and narrowly defined interests at the expense of black people."

Trouble Again?
More trouble for Bill Simon, the Republican candidate for governor of California. He's been disinvited to a fund-raiser by the Log Cabin Republicans, a prominent Gay Group, where he was to speak alongside Mary Cheney, the vice president's daughter, who is gay. But Simon disavowed a questionnaire in which he promised, if elected, to declare a gay pride day in California and to support other gay supported measures. The questionnaire had Simon's signature, but he said it had been filled in without his approval, and that led the group to cancel his invitation.