Iraq and the Blame Game, Redux

29 Nov ’06

If you’re an Iraq-watcher, then you already know that the commentating and political classes in the U.S. are shifting blame for the Iraq civil war on to the Iraqis. This is a how-to lesson in absolving yourself of responsibility for something you very much wish you hadn’t done, but don’t have the courage to admit you shouldn’t have. And here’s another one. It strikes me as profane that the Administration is working so hard to cultivate doubt (the better to absolve itself) that one man can suppress a civil war, after it tried so hard to suppress any doubt that an entire army would not.

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