Sunday, January 18, 2004

Liberal Hawks Reconsider the Iraq War 

All last week, Slate ran a marvelous discussion among a group of "liberal hawks" -- manifestly liberal journalists and academics who nonetheless supported the war in Iraq. The group includes Paul Berman, Thomas Friedman, Christopher Hitchens, Fred Kaplan, George Packer, Kenneth M. Pollack, Jacob Weisberg (the host) and Fareed Zakaria. Virtually to a man, this group believes that the Bush Administration has botched the management of Iraq since the now infamous "end of major combat operations," but only a couple of them have changed their mind about the need to invade Iraq, even with the benefit of hindsight. The series is a wonderful antidote to the bleatings of the antiwar left, the equivocating of most of the Democrats running for President, and the blinkered intransigence of the Bush Administration. If you pretend to have an open mind about the Iraq war, know the arguments in the Slate dialogue.


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