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Tim Cavanaugh of Reason looks at the twilight of the liberal hawks:
Thus, in late 2002 and early 2003, we found such luminaries as Christopher Hitchens*, Paul Berman, Thomas Friedman, Fred Kaplan, Kenneth Pollack, Fareed Zakaria, Jeff Jarvis, Andrew Sullivan, Michael Ignatieff, and many others arguing for the expenditure of American lives and treasure in Operation Iraqi Freedom.Those who discount the notion that Iraq had--and was seeking additional or replacement WMDs--should take a look at the mural behind Saddam's throne, now quiet and blissfully empty.
* Update: Hitchens is (more or less) still in the pro-Bush camp, at least.
Insta-Update: Glenn Reynolds writes:
It's unusual for me to find myself agreeing with Cavanaugh on the war, but I think he has this right. I thought that things were bad enough to justify going to war. I thought that other war supporters did, too, and that in supporting the war they understood that war means, well, war. Some, however, have made rather abrupt changes in position: Mark Steyn refers to them as "moulting hawks." I just hope that people settle down and focus on what's important after the election.I agree with Glenn--but I think it would take another 9/11-sized attack on US soil for that happen.
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