We know now that invading Iraq was the wrong decision, but that doesn’t vindicate the antiwar crowd.
Indeed, he says “the Iraq war was a mistake by the most obvious criteria: If we had known then what we know now, we would never have gone to war with Iraq in 2003.”
The thing is, we did know then what Jonah knows now. And that does vindicate those who opposed the war.
I called my congressmen to oppose authorizing an invasion, and said that there were probably no WMD, certainly none that were any sort of urgent threat. I pointed out the total lack of adequate planning for the occupation, and the likelihood we’d be stuck in a quagmire. I observed that bulked up inspection teams and expanded no-fly zones would be effective at reducing Hussein’s power without sending American troops into urban warfare between the factions which would surely rise up against each other.
And I was ignored. Millions of people protested to ask the President not to invade, and he dismissed them all, saying he didn’t govern according to opinion polls.
Nancy Boyda knew then what others are just now figuring out. She helped organize local protests before the invasion, even getting together a group to attend a major demonstration in Washington. For this prescience, she was attacked; Jim Ryun ran ads comparing her to bin Laden.
The thing is, she was right about Iraq. Jim Ryun was wrong. She was a private citizen and a businesswoman. He sits on the Armed Services committee. He’s responsible for overseeing our armed forces and making sure we don’t send them into harm’s way without a plan or a clear objective.
He failed his constituents and the troops. Shouldn’t being wrong like that count pretty strongly against him? Should anyone listen to what Ryun or Goldberg have to say any more? Shouldn’t we prefer the people who would have made the right choices?