Wednesday, June 30, 2004

When Facing Your Own Mortality, It Becomes Easier to Face Your Mistakes

Bill Buckley Via INTL News - Josh Marshall:

“With the benefit of minute hindsight, Saddam Hussein wasn’t the kind of extra-territorial menace that was assumed by the administration one year ago. If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war."

Josh recaps the reasons for invading Iraq and whether any hold water at this point -he's spot on with why support for the war remained high while evidence discrediting all evolving rationales for it mounted:
Surveying the whole political landscape, it is clear that a large factor in keeping support for the war as high as it is is the deep partisan political divide in the country, which makes opposing the war tantamount to opposing its author, President Bush, a step most Republicans simply aren’t willing to take.[Nitpicker emphasis]

At a certain point, for many, conflicts become self-justifying. We fight our enemies because our enemies are fighting us, quite apart from whether we should have gotten ourselves into the quarrel in the first place.
Sad, but true.


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