Housekeeping Me and Iraq
posted by December 23 at 22:24 PMon
I should post something once a day, I suppose, about Iraq, so that folks that would like to let me have it—and, man, I deserve it—for supporting the invasion of Iraq five years ago have a place to vent and don’t need to hijack every comments thread. So here goes: I was for it, I was wrong, and I’d like to see us get the hell out of there—which I wrote in August of 2005, on Andrew Sullivan’s site (when he gave me the keys to his blog for a week), and reprinted in a revised form in the Stranger.
In 2006 my feelings of guilt over my support for the invasion lead me to donate the max to Ned Lamont, the anti-war Dem who challenged pro-war Dem Joe Leiberman. I also gave dough to Bob Casey and the ACLU—again, to pay my debt to society where the Iraq war is concerned.
Having shot off my mouth so… effectively… in 2002, today I bite my lip where this war is concerned. I’m not trying to hide my past support for the war—the pieces are still up on our website, for crying out loud—but I believe my initial support of the Iraq invasion forever disqualifies me from holding forth on issues of national security. So I’m going to stick to road-testing triple-pronged dildos, as a wise man once urged me to do.
And to those that insist the Stranger supported the invasion of Iraq… uh… that’s not the case. My “say yes to war” piece was a sidebar to Josh Feit’s much longer, and much more prescient, anti-war piece. I was one of just two pro-Iraq-war staffers at the Stranger. (My fellow traveler had the good sense to keep his/her mouth shut.) Anyway, read Josh’s piece here. He was right, I was wrong.