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On March 23, 2003, the photo above, which has appeared on the Internet countless thousands of times in the past 10 years, was snapped outside a Boeing missile plant in St. Louis.
The guy with the misspelled sign was demonstrating against several hundred antiwar protesters a few days after the start of the U.S. conflict in Iraq. I read somewhere that his name is Sullivan and that he’s from Decatur, Illinois. But the article did not include any other photo of him — so I have my doubts.
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who sometimes is the target of my rapier wit (examples HERE), is out with a piece that enumerates the wounds inflicted on the Republican Party by the ill-fated war in Iraq.
It ruined the party’s hard-earned reputation for foreign-affairs probity.
It muddied up the meaning of conservatism and bloodied up its reputation.
It ended the Republican political ascendance that had begun in 1980.
It undermined respect for Republican economic stewardship.
It quashed debate within the Republican Party.
It killed what remained of the Washington Republican establishment.
The example set HERE by David Ignatius should be emulated by certain other people I could name:
Ten years ago this week, I was covering the U.S. military as it began its assault on Iraq. As I read back now over my clips, I see a few useful warnings about the difficulties ahead. But I owe readers an apology for being wrong on the overriding question of whether the war made sense.
If you can answer yes to the question in the headline above, you’re part of a small minority of Americans, as we see HERE:
The nearly decade-long war in Iraq cost the United States dearly in lives, casualties and dollars, but despite the immense toll, the overwhelming majority of Americans know no one who was wounded or killed there.
That sense of personal disengagement is the most striking finding from a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Just 12 percent of Americans said that they or someone they know was wounded in the war in Iraq, and only 6 percent said they …
Peter van Buren, a retired 24-year-veteran of the U.S. State Department, offers an ANSWER to the question in the headline above:
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the invasion of Iraq turned out to be a joke. Not for the Iraqis, of course, and not for American soldiers, and not the ha-ha sort of joke either. And here’s the saddest truth of all: on March 20th as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don’t get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it’s this: …