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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 06:59 am
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interviews Christopher Hitchens:
Q: What’s the biggest misconception or myth or fallacy Americans have about what is going on in Iraq?
A: To think our engagement with Iraq began in 2003 and that we had the option of not doing anything there and presumably should have exercised that option. The beginning of wisdom is the realization of responsibility. We’ve inherited responsibility for Iraq starting at least from the moment when Jimmy Carter encouraged Saddam Hussein to attack Iran, but perhaps earlier than that in the ‘60s when the CIA most certainly did help Saddam’s wing of the Baath Party to come to power. … We have to accept that a busted up and screwed up Iraq was in our future no matter what.
Q: Does that mean you are of the “We broke it, but we broke it a long time ago school” and now we’ve got to fix it?
A: When I first heard the Pottery Barn analogy put—I think by that great stateswoman Maureen Dowd—I thought how irritating and how trivial. But then I thought, “You know what, by accident, she’s got it right.” Because, OK, “You break it, you own it,” can be rephrased. It was broken and we did own it. And so everything has to start with that recognition. … The main criticism that the neocons have, and I take more or less their line on this, is that all of this should have been taken care of in 1991. They should not have let Saddam Hussein survive his conquest of Kuwait and his defeat there. He should have gone down then and we should never have tortured the Iraqi people with sanctions for 12 years.
Read the whole thing. And this, by Stephen F. Hayes:
The former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
Austin Bay has further thoughts.
(Via Instapundit, who also points to new evidence of Edward Kennedy’s growing confusion. The Boston booze silo lately referred to “the Goldwater presidency”; a couple of weeks ago, he described Mao’s collected thoughts as “the official Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung’s Communist Manifesto”.)
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