I haven’t said a lot about Iraq or the continuing search for WMD or the efforts to catch Saddam or the attempt to transform the country into a democratic republic. Mainly it’s because everything is so politicized now that you can’t even say the word “Iraq” without first putting on a head protector and mouth guard. Besides, I think it’s still too early to make any conclusions about the war and its aftermath, especially in relation to WMD.
But, I’ll take a little peak out from under cover to offer this observation: Remember all those people who predicted that the “elite” Republican Guard would kill thousands of our troops and that the Iraqi population would rise up and fight to defend every dune against the invaders? Those are the same people who warned of environmental and economic disaster when all the oil wells were destroyed and that Saddam would launch all his nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (you know, the ones he didn’t have) at our troops and Israel and perhaps even US soil. They warned that we would end up in a new Vietnam-like quagmire, that the “Arab street” would rise up, and that new terrorists would spring from the very ground to make every day another 9/11.
With such a great track record of prognostication, you’d think these same people would learn their lesson and stop predicting disaster for W and the new Bush Doctrine. But no, they’re still out there, promoting every American killed as a victory for Saddam (how come they never tell us of the victories of US soldiers?), warning that the deaths of Uday and Qusay will cause not less, but more fanatical attacks, accusing the president of making up the fact that Saddam was trying to acquire materials for WMD, and that there are no WMD to find.
If they were all so wrong on the other stuff, why should we believe them on this? Just on their error rate so far, I’m willing to give the president the benefit of the doubt. I suppose even a broken clock is right twice a day, but in this case, I have a feeling the arms have fallen off of this liberal “disaster clock.”