Andrew Sullivan writes this morning:
It's clear now that we have seriously under-estimated the difficulties of imposing order on post-totalitarian Iraq.
"We"? What do you mean "we"? Going into the war, the left knew -- and said repeatedly -- that the postwar period would be a huge challenge, in all likelihood a bigger challenge than winning the war. We were watching Afghanistan and we expected the administration to cut corners on nation-building because there are no Top Gun moments in nation-building. By contrast, the possibility of this apparently just occurred to the clueless Sullivan:
It's hard to read stories about continued looting in Baghdad or dangerous chaos in the hinterlands, without wondering if the administration is as committed to the difficult task of reconstruction as they need to be.
As did the possibility that the war would inspire more terrorism:
The papers don't tell us who was responsible for last night's bombings in Saudi Arabia, but we can be sure they aren't friends of the United States. Islamist anti-semitism has not abated; in Britain, it may be capturing a new generation of young immigrants.