NRO released this on their site:
Vanity UnfairThey then follow this up with statements by those listed.
A response to Vanity Fair.
An NRO Symposium
Editor's Note: On Friday, Vanity Fair issued a press release highlighting excerpts of a piece in their January issue on “neoconservative” supporters of the war in Iraq who today, unsurprisingly, have some negative things to say about how the war is going and how the Bush administration has been handling it.
In the wake of the press release – which has gotten considerable play on the Internet – some of those “neoconservatives” highlighted in the article have responded to the excerpts and its misrepresentations, in some cases, of what they said. We collect some of those reactions — including from Eliot Cohen, David Frum, Frank Gaffney, Michael Ledeen, Richard Perle, and Michael Rubin — below.
Personally, I agree that what VF did was not ethical. But I then wonder where these conservative voices were in 2004 when Bush/Rove were using terror alerts to bolster flagging support (Time article here and here is a timeline showing how bad news for the administration was followed with terror alerts).
Still, two wrongs do not make a right. It's time to introduce the notion of karma into politics.
Progressives cannot stoop to the same tactics that Rove uses to manipulate public opinion -- it's wrong when he does it and it's wrong when progressives do it. If progressives ever want to regain power and public trust, it will have to be through taking and owning the moral high ground.
Poll after poll shows how fed up the American people are with corruption, lies, and manipulation. Give them something different, something better , and they will follow. That should be the Dems plan to lead America.