When considering what kind of platform to offer conservative commentators' criticism of President Obama's reaction to events in Iran, the media should remember these commentators' previous discredited claims, predictions, and analysis about other foreign policy issues, particularly the Iraq war.
In his Washington Post column, Robert Kagan claimed that "Pentagon officials have leaked word that the Office of Management and Budget has ordered a 10 percent cut in defense spending for the coming fiscal year." In fact, the Obama administration has reportedly proposed a $14 billion increase from its fiscal year 2009 budget.
In his monthly Washington Post column, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace senior associate Robert Kagan assailed Al Gore for what he called an "astonishing reversal" on the United States' Iraq policy. Kagan did not identify the specific issue on which Gore has supposedly reversed himself.