President Bush made several arguments for our involvement in Iraq. The two that the anti-wars most often highlight are these:
Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. (Which, the antis love to point out, were never found)
A stable and democratic Iraq would be a beacon of modernity and hope to a severely troubled region. (The new mantra is, “Sure, you may be able to defeat Al Qaeda, but Iraq is still ungovernable.)
There was another argument for the war in Iraq: defeat them there so that they can’t attack us here. Remember the “Flypaper Theory”? Every day, that goal comes closer to being realized. Yet few in the media seem to have noticed.
From Jack Kelly:
We’re floundering in a quagmire in Iraq. Our strategy is flawed, and it’s too late to change it. Our resources have been squandered, our best people killed, we’re hated by the natives and our reputation around the world is circling the drain. We must withdraw.
That’s not America that Kelly is talking about, but Al-Qaeda. Kelly adds, “It may have been a mistake for the United States to go to war in Iraq. But it’s pretty clear now it was a blunder for al-Qaida to have done so.”
Read the whole thing.