To his credit, O’Reilly didn’t go easy on Rumsfeld. John Stewart was far more polite. Given O’Reilly’s influence, this interview could have a significant lasting effect on much of public’s memory of the war. That means a shared awareness that the Bush administration had botched intelligence on what was likely to happen on the ground after occupation began (though O’Reilly “doesn’t blame them” for getting it so wrong on WMD). It also means there will be an enduring understanding that disbanding the Iraqi army was an enormous error. As usual, Rummy comes off scummy. Maybe Fox viewers can see that now.