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David Frum says that the administration made the WMD case for war in Iraq as a way of getting the UN on board–a claim that Jeff Bell and Frank Cannon also make in the latest Weekly Standard. That’s not how I remember it. I would have been sold on the case for the war without the WMD argument. But are we really so sure that the American public would have been? Or that as many conservatives would have been? I still think the war was worth waging given what we know now. But the argument for its urgency–the argument that time was not on our side–has lost a lot of its force, and it seems to me that the hawks ought to admit that.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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