MR. RUSSERT: Let me talk about Iraq and we’re going to talk about Mr. Safire’s office pool, the various options you lay out. But first, because this is a program of accountability, let me—Bill—bring Bill Safire back, January 2nd, 2005. Two years ago, his prediction about Iraq. Let’s read.Wow, what astounding wisdom! You know, one day the KC Royals will win the World Series, and even a broken watch is right twice in 24 hours.
“I think we’re going to win in Iraq. I think by the end of next year,” that would be the end of ‘06, “we’ll have begun to withdraw our forces. We won’t have them out, but we’ll have begun to withdraw. ... I don’t see a long civil war there.”
How do you plead?
MR. SAFIRE: Optimistic, and frankly, that was as well-sourced a prediction as I’ve ever had.... But one of these days I’m going to be right.
Yet, what's most astounding is that Meet The Press continues to invite back this know-nothing, condescending blowhard.