Tom Friedman writes:
“The ‘real reason’ for this war, which was never stated, was that after 9/11 America needed to hit someone in the Arab-Muslim world.”
For the record, I made this point in my (epic) Baghdad Delenda Est columns. I wrote: “The United States needs to go to war with Iraq because it needs to go to war with someone in the region and Iraq makes the most sense.”
This wasn’t my only reason, but at the time I got considerable grief for espousing the “Ledeen Doctrine” as I called it.