...the thing to remember about Iraq is that all or most choice had already been forfeited. We were already deeply involved in the life-and-death struggle of that country, and March 2003 happens to mark the only time that we ever decided to intervene, after a protracted and open public debate, on the right side and for the right reasons. This must, and still does, count for something.It can't be said any more clearly. Regardless of bad information/intelligence, regardless of former strategic dalliances with Saddam, regardless of the bungling aftermath - the show down was coming. Better it came sooner than any later.
A host of others who supported the war in the beginning also offer apologies for why they were "wrong" - including Torture.com blogger Andrew Sullivan - via Slate. The gist of Sully's argument seems to be that even though Saddam was bad, so is war and its inevitable consequences. Well, yes it is. What Andrew has apparently forgotten though, is that while war is never to be sought greedily or enthusiastically, it is not the ugliest of things.