The Corner

What Went Wrong

Just got through reading Rich Lowry’s piece “What Went Wrong?” in the

current NRODT. Brilliant, boss — and a very useful corrective to a lot of

the glib theories that have been flying around this past few months.

There was a mass of big decisions to make about the Iraq war & its

aftermath, and wellnigh every one of them had a good upside and a terrible

downside (i.e. if the decision turned out to have been the wrong one). Rich

doesn’t spare the administration, but left me thinking that, on balance, by

comparison with other projects on this colossal scale & of this complexity,

they didn’t do at all badly.

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