The Financial Times' editorial bluntly calls Safire and co. liars, intellectually dishonest, and their campaign against Annan "a scandal".
But, of course, don't hold your breath for the 'liberal' NY Times, a key vehicle for this scandal, to have second thoughts about (and much less criticize!) its little freak-show of fanatic rightwing columnists.
Link to the Financial Times' editorial.
When even the British financial press is 'to the left' of the US's so-called-liberal newspapers, you know something in this country is rotten to the core.