The Audacity

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I want to make sure that this doesn’t get lost in Tierney Sneed’s broader piece on how the various Iraq War provocateurs are now defending that fateful decision. The amazing standout nugget is: It’s all Obama’s fault.

We’ve had flavors of this defense before. But as we hit this watershed moment when all the major GOP contenders are conceding the decision to invade Iraq was ultimately a mistake in light of what we know now, some of the Iraq War cheerleaders are leaping in to say, basically, yeah if we’d know then what we know now — namely, that Barack Obama would be elected president — we wouldn’t have endorsed the Iraq invasion either!

Former CIA Director James Woolsey, a key figure in the run-up to the war, told Tierney: “I should have said in ’03, ‘No, I don’t want us to go to war under Barack Obama.”

It’s an amazing jujitsu move: We had a good thing going in Iraq, then boom, six years after the invasion, Obama took office and messed the whole thing up.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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