Thursday April 12, 2018
In the days leading up to the Congressional vote on whether to go to war in Iraq years ago, Fortune Magazine had an article headlined “We Win – What Then?”
The article said a prolonged war in Iraq would make American soldiers “sitting ducks for Islamic terrorists.”
Another national magazine at that time, U.S. News and World Report, had an article headlined, “Why the Rush to War?”
Now that war has been frequently referred to as possibly the greatest foreign policy mistake in U.S. History.
The night before the Iraq war vote, a television station in Knoxville had a poll showing 74% in favor of the war, 9% against, and 17% undecided. I was one of six Republicans who voted against going to war, and for three or four years, that certainly was the most unpopular vote I ever cast. But slowly, slowly, slowly, it became my most popular vote.
We were basically conned into that war by a group called Neo-Cons, so called neoconservatives, who George Will once described as being “magnificently misnamed” because they were really the “most radical people in this City,” meaning Washington.