- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contrary to many of this blog’s readers, I do think the United States should intervene to help Libya’s rebels. But I also think that invading Iraq in 2003 was a disastrous move for the United States, one that will cost us for decades to come. So it was with very mixed feelings that I read a letter urging President Obama to act, and saw it signed by so many of those people who urged us into Iraq:
Stephen E. Biegun William Inboden Danielle Pletka Bruce Pitcairn Jackson
John Podhoretz Ellen Bork Ash Jain Randy Scheunemann Paul Bremer
Robert Kagan Gary J. Schmitt Scott Carpenter David Kramer Dan Senor
Elizabeth Cheney Irina Krasovskaya William Taft Eliot Cohen William Kristol
Marc Thiessen Seth Cropsey Tod Lindberg Daniel Twining Thomas Donnelly
Ann Marlowe Ken Weinstein Michele Dunne Cliff May Leon Wieseltier
Eric Edelman Joshua Muravchik Rich Williamson Jamie Fly Michael O’Hanlon
Damon Wilson Reuel Marc Gerecht Martin Peretz
My guess is that this line-up actually will make people reconsider whether intervening is a good idea. So the letter is likely to have the opposite of the effect its signers intended.
UPDATE: A friend writes, "look at the up-side: Dougie Fieth did NOT sign. So, maybe there’s some merit in the position after all."