Matt Miller, in today's Washington Post:
"I want to remind you that I blew it...I supported the war in 2003 because I thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction...I'm hoping for the best, in the spirit the president urged Tuesday night, though he can't admit he fought the surge that's created the chance for a happier ending...When he was at the center of events in the Clinton years, Bob Rubin spoke often about what he called "probabilistic reasoning."You could only judge the quality of a decision based on the information available at the time. This used to strike me as sound. I don't think so now."
In other words, Bush and Cheney lied to us and strarted an unneccessary war; the appropriate response is to attack Obama and Clinton. Because Republicans could never have done anything wrong.
"I can't help thinking that, 100 years from now, America's readiness to send its brave youth half a world away to topple a heinous dictator and then flush him out of a hole will be seen as noble"
Listen, Matt, I'm sure that Hitler told himself the same thing about the invasion of Czechoslovakia, when he had his gun in his mouth in April, 1945. A war of aggression against an innocent country will never be regarded as noble, at least not by decent people, who are apparently in short supply at the Washington Post.
"For better or worse, I lack the moral clarity and strategic certainty of the war's ardent supporters or foes."
That's for sure.
"Our troops have performed remarkably. Whether they've been well served by their political leaders -- or their political pundits -- is another matter."
In the first place, sorry buddy, but attacking a country one tenth our size without a functioning army, spending a trillion dollars and then walking away with nothing is not my idea of performing remarkably. But then, along with your admitted lack of "moral clarity and strategic certainty" maybe you lack a basic understanding of what an army has to do to "perform remarkably." And second, as to the question of whether these troops were "well served by their political leaders " who sent them to die for nothing: well, if you can't answer that by now, you don't even have any buisiness shooting your mouth off in a bar, let alone writing for a major newspaper.
The Iraq aggression was one of the greatest military blunders in the history of the world, planned, and carried out by Republicans, according to strict Republican doctrine. That is the simple truth. There is no glory, there is nothing but disgrace for anyone involved in its planning and execution, and it was one of Obama's great mistakes that he didn't say so on January 20, 2009, and bring a stop to it that day.