Winning the War

Drum also points to two recent articles by Wesley Clark (Washington Monthly) and Anne Applebaum(TNR) respectively.

I find myself in some agreement with Drum when he notes:

This is precisely what war supporters have been so deeply wrong about for the past two years: not the odiousness of Saddam Hussein’s regime or the necessity of combatting radical Islam, but the idea that Bush’s quick and dirty invasion of Iraq was a serious response to it. I know my readers hate to be reminded of this — and hell, so do I — but I supported the war until it finally became clear that Bush wasn’t even faintly serious about democracy in the Middle East, consensus building among our allies, or any of the other long-term strategies necessary to win this war.