The Corner

Exactly

Here’s a key point about the debate over Iraq–it was always fundamentally about how much risk we were willing to tolerate in a post-9/11 environment (page 328):

The absence of evidence and linear thinking, and Iraq’s extensive efforts to conceal illicit procurement of proscribed components, told us that a deceptive regime could and would easily surprise us. It was never a question of a known, imminent threat; it was about an unwillingness to risk surprise.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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