Let's fisk Andy Sullivan's latest diatribe for the war.
I never believed that nukes were the main threat. I was much more concerned with anthrax or smallpox. And I didn't get the impression before the war that nukes were at the heart of the Bush argument. I can see now how people who weren't as keen on taking the battle to the enemy as I was could have seized on the nuke issue as the peg on which to hang the war. But that's their perspective, not mine, and, I suspect, not Bush's. This debate is a draw.What? According to the CNS, only three countries had smallpox when we invaded Iraq: us, Russia, and North Korea. And even if Saddam really did have anthrax or smallpox, which the inspections proved he didn't, wouldn't he have used them against us? Nice logic, Andy.
The bottom line is that the president was wrong and waged a war on the basis of intelligence that was soon disproven. Leave all the mind-reading out of it. The public is responding to those facts. And the facts are not really in dispute. We screwed up in a massive way in front of the whole world. If the invasion had gone well, we would have put it behind us by now.Well we shouldn't have, because it's now clear that massive manipulation of weapons intelligence took place. If the administration had not doctored the evidence thus, it would have been obvious that there was no evidence for WMD in Iraq, and we would have avoided the wasted lives. Even a war based on lies succeeds, it's still wrong.
The key thing now is to do all we can to get a free Iraq in place. We do owe it to the troops not to pull the rug from under them, which is why, despite all my anger at Bush, I still support him as commander-in-chief, and find the Senate vote yesterday repellent. We have no other commander-in-chief for three years. And we must still win.We owe it to our troops to keep them in harm's way when the war is quite obviously lost already? This makes sense how? As much as I'd like to delude myself as Andy does, I think it's abundantly clear now that victory in Iraq isn't exactly an option.