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18 May 2004

But it seems that one of the best-known conservative bloggers has come to the same uneasy conclusion that I have about the Iraq war.

The one anti-war argument that, in retrospect, I did not take seriously enough was a simple one. It was that this war was noble and defensible but that this administration was simply too incompetent and arrogant to carry it out effectively. I dismissed this as facile Bush-bashing at the time. I was wrong.

I backed the war originally (though I held my nose – I certainly wouldn’t call it noble). Unfortunately, I don’t think the aftermath of the war could have been managed worse by the US.

I am relieved to find early pictures showing Brits also abusing Iraqi prisoners “were false”:http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/20983.htm, though it seems there “may have been some bad apples after all”:http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=521760.


  1. There are always some bad apples, esp. with modern recruiting tactics, n’est pas?

    (test comment 🙂

    Comment by Harald — 18 May 2004 @ 2:46 pm

  2. It appears now the US is laying the plans for a draft.

    Or rather, individual reservists, not part of any military unit but with a continuing obligation to serve, are being called up (or plans being made to call them up). See http://www.washingtonmonthly.com

    A form of stealth draft.

    If anyone says ‘we can see light at the end of the tunnel’ I am going to scream, I swear.

    If you check Iowa Electronic Markets you will note the price of a Kerry vote share has started to rise a little, after a long slump.

    Comment by John — 19 May 2004 @ 7:52 am

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