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A reassessment

Posted by Thomas Nephew on October 3rd, 2004

Full disclosure for most readers dropping by the front page these days: despite initially opposing it, I decided to support the Iraq war in the months and weeks before it began. In February of 2003, I finally laid out my arguments in a lengthy piece titled “With Regrets: For War on Saddam.” I stuck with that position for quite a while.

But my fundamental concern — WMD and WMD development in Iraq — was a mirage, and I have to say that had I known then what I know now, I would not have supported this war. So a reassessment is long overdue, and I’m going to try to do that over the next few days: how wrong was I? Why was I wrong?

I’ll try to have one or two posts that try to answer these questions soon. For most, this might be about as interesting as watching paint dry; for others it will be disappointing, and for still others it will be too little, too late. But I ought to do this, and I will.

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