05/17/2005 11:30 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Was Newsweek Set Up?

Interesting post by Norman Mailer. I know what he means: The way this Newsweek fiasco has played out is a little too neat, and the White House has jumped on it almost as if they knew it was coming.

The question I'd ask, though, is not whom, but why? Would Karl Rove or someone at the Pentagon really plant such a volatile item just to discredit the MSM? The MSM seems to have done a pretty good job of that all by itself of late.

Granted, the leaker couldn't have known just how violent the reaction would be, but still, it seems like playing with fire for a relatively trivial benefit.

Unless, maybe, it was someone inside the Administration who wanted to discredit the "war on terror," or the Pentagon, or the White House, and was willing to use Newsweek to do it. Someone trying to oust Don Rumsfeld, for example. Now, that would be interesting.....