Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hall of mirrors

Paul Wolfowitz, leading Bush administration booster of the 2003 Iraq War argues in the Wall Street Journal that not getting embroiled in Middle East wars is a bad policy because it can lead to getting embroiled in Middle East wars, as Iraq shows --

It is perfectly understandable why the Obama administration wants to do nothing that would lead to a repetition of the invasion of Iraq. But no one is arguing for any such thing. The administration seems not to remember that the first Bush administration's failure to protect Iraqi Shiites in 1991, when their uprising was crushed by Saddam Hussein, helped lead to a second war in Iraq 12 years later.

Is that anyone's memory of the decisive actual factors or stated rationale for the Iraq war in 2003?