But he fails to identify—indeed, repeats—his biggest mistake in supporting the war: When thinking of the US government, he thinks “we.”
Iraq, [Kenneth Pollack] said, shouldn’t be America’s top priority. We should first focus on destroying al-Qaeda. We should then work on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Only then should we turn to Hussein. Moreover, when and if we did invade Iraq, we should do so only as part of a coordinated, multilateral operation…
After all, what other chance would we get to topple Hussein?
It wasn’t worth doing precisely because the odds were high that we couldn’t do it “right.”
Klein doesn’t think a state invaded another state; he thinks “we” went to war. He identifies with the state. Whether he’s supporting or dissenting from a policy, he sees himself as part of it. He sees himself on the jeeps with the troops. That’s why his calls for skepticism, for not taking things on authority, ring so hollow. In the end, he’s on the team. Or the jeep.
Update (11:45 pm)
President Bush has convinced me that there is no philosophical reason we should not overthrow the Iraqi government.
Being convinced by Bush of anything seems challenge enough. But to be convinced by Bush on philosophical grounds? That’s something.