If our choice in Iraq is to go big or go home, we should go home

It ain’t for nothing that columnist Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post has won a Pulitzer Prize. Simply stated, Robinson is more often right than not. America would do well, it seems to me,  to heed the advice Robinson offers in his LATEST SUBMISSION: If Iraqis won’t fight for their nation’s survival, why on earth should we? This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama’s critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how many troops he sends...

read more

Stupid answers to a stupid question

The mainstream media have been busying themselves lately asking politicians in general and presidential hopefuls in particular if they would have approved the U.S. military invasion of Iraq on the basis of what we know now. It’s the wrong question, and it elicits the wrong answers. James Fallows points out HERE: Leaders don’t make decisions on the basis of “what we know now” retrospectively. They have to weigh evidence based on “what we knew then,” in real time… The “knowing what we know” question presumes that the Bush...

read more

Where’s the outrage over Jeb’s claim that Iraq War veterans can’t deal with the truth?

On most any given day, one or more of my Facebook friends will post a message encouraging respect and support for U.S. military troops and veterans. Most such messages are welcome and worthy, but a few are not. Sometimes there are not-so-subtle suggestions that any Americans who have dissented against certain wars are somehow unpatriotic and not supportive of the troops. That’s nonsense, of course, especially since veterans themselves have been known on occasion to speak out against American military misadventures. That was especially...

read more

Jeb Bush unwittingly reminds us who was right and who was wrong about Iraq War

Three cheers for Jeb Bush! He didn’t mean to do it, but he has reminded us that his brother, George W., and the other war hawks of his time have been proven dead wrong about the U.S. invasion of Iraq some 12 years ago. Nor is the negative judgment of the Iraq War just my opinion. Polls show that it’s now shared by a majority of Americans, including lots of conservative Republicans. Jeb finds himself in hot water this week for answering affirmatively to a question of whether he would support the invasion of Iraq given what we now...

read more

Big blowback prompts Jeb Bush to weasel away from his remarks about Iraq War

Looking back at the Iraq War, most Americans now think it was big blunder. We now know that the rationale George W. Bush advanced for invading Iraq was mistaken, to put it charitably. No politician in his or her right mind is going to declare today that the invasion was a good idea — especially in light of what we know now. But Jeb Bush made exactly such a declaration in an interview the other day with Megyn Kelly of Fox News. Not surprisingly,  a firestorm of criticism from liberals and conservatives alike has ensued. Nor is it a...

read more