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I like this guy's work but the article is very short. He seems to have been up against a very low word count. It makes it hard to make a great argument....

We lead busy lives and choose our causes for outrage. I’ve chosen mine. Wearing fur and the demise of Iraq’s ex-President didn’t make the list.

So, what are Gedmin's 'causes for outrage'?

That we found no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction is an enormous embarrassment.

If Gedmin thinks this is an embarrassment, he hasn't read the UN Resolutions or the intelligence estimates of the various countries that were, at the very least, ambiguous.

This from Gedmin gives credence to the cultural meme that Iraq was invaded solely over WMD. This is sloppy. No. It is irresponsible.

Jürgen Trittin of the Greens, who claims to have known everything, was certain back then we’d have tens of thousands of refugees once the war began.

Well, the refugees did not materalize in the beginning but they're all over the place now and for Gedmin to dismiss the current reality is dishonest.

I like Mr. Gedmin's pieces usually. But this one is intellectually lazy.

Well, to try to be fair I think one of his overall themes / arguments has to do with people changing their arguments after the fact.. to look right. Fixing their facts if you will. ;)

So, just as the 'no war for oil' crowd has now jumped over to something more like 'how could you not foresee the sectarian violence'... the refugees were predicted to be caused / driven due to the fighting between national armies (US vs. Iraqi)... now they are happening... but also due to the sectarian violence more than the war proper / armies clashing...


It is interesting to note that Jeffrey Gedmin does not make a distinction between the death penalty as a part of a civilian legal system, and the death penalty as an instrument of a war crimes tribunal.

There were hangings in the Nürnberg trials, but the last instance of death penalty in Germany was the wall.

Another interesting detail to be noted about the Iraqi case is that Germany has no gravesite of Hitler or Goebbels so that anybody can be called their names, while the Japanese still have the rest of Asia standing upside down when some politician visits the Yasukuni shrine. They now have put the former dictator of Iraq into a family grave which seems to be a reasonable compromise between those two extremes.

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