The Forgotten Iraq War Makes a Return

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11:15 — Finally, some fireworks. McCain just hit Hagel pretty hard for his past opposition to the Iraq surge: “History has already about made a judgment about the surge, sir, and you’re on the wrong side of it.” Hagel shot back, calling the Iraq war “the most fundamental, bad, dangerous decision since Vietnam.” The exchange was obviously motivated by politics — and certainly made for some good TV — but I think its worth giving both men a bit of credit for having an unusually honest debate about Iraq, which has utterly faded from public consciousness. I lived in Iraq for several years, lost many American and Iraqi friends there, and admit to both personal and professional frustration about how completely the war and its aftermath have been forgotten. Iraq remains worth of discussion and debate, and I’m glad this hearing has brought it back up, even if only for a few minutes.

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