Jonah Goldberg from the LA Times decided to write something "fresh," so for the sake of freshness, Goldberg declares the Iraq war a mistake, but a worthy mistake at that.
The real mistake here, is Goldberg's column:
If we had known then what we know now, we would never have gone to war with Iraq in 2003. I do think that Congress (including Democrats Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Jay Rockefeller and John Murtha) was right to vote for the war given what was known — or what was believed to have been known — in 2003.That's convenient. But let's follow Mr. Goldberg's logic for a while. Follow me carefully now:
If we knew what we know now, and did not go to war, we wouldn't know what we actually know now, and we wouldn't know when or if Saddam would comply with the UN inspections, when or if Saddam would adhere to several UN resolutions, when or if Saddam would de-corrupt the then unknown corruptness of the oil-for-food program, when or if Saddam would've submitted to our apparent lack of backbone, when or if Saddam would confess about his then unknown mass-murders, when or if Saddam would stop funding terrorists, when or if Saddam would help us against Iran, when or if Saddam would re-acquire his disappearing WMDs... Shall I keep going Mr. Goldberg?
But let's get real. We wouldn't have ever known. And I'd rather be where we are now knowing what I know now, than where we would be if we knew what we know now. Follow me?
I will commend you Mr. Goldberg however, that your "fresh," though a mistake, was indeed a worthy mistake.