In his Oct. 15 column, Victor Davis Hanson decries the use of unnamed sources by authors Tom Ricks and Bob Woodward in their recent books about Iraq. He ignores the reality that government employees who have publicly disagreed, such as Gen. Eric Shinseki, have been treated very badly.
Authors have a strong incentive to be careful with information from unnamed sources because their own credibility is at stake. I suggest Dr. Hanson write a column explaining why the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld Iraq policy has not been a fiasco, and why "stay the course" is not a state of denial.
Robert E. Bergin, Fresno
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