So there are/were no WMD. I was wrong. The UN was wrong. Every Democratic President, Vice-President, and Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidtate (those who won the nomination- Kucinich doesn;t count- although in retrospect he was right) for the last 16 years was wrong. Regardless, I still think the war in Iraq was the right thing to do, and if you check my archives, you will find that I consistently supported intervention for a number of reasons.
This sort of cat-calling will be unnecessary:
Like the grassy knoll folks, I’m sure the WMD conspiracy theorists will latch onto enough loose ends in the report to convince themselves that Saddam really did have WMD but hid it too cleverly for us to find it. You know, because Saddam and his crew were so clever and thorough in everything else they did.
I can admit when I was wrong- and it took much less conspiracy theorizing than some, who took years to recognize Bill Burkett was a lunatic. Conspiracy theorists, anyone?
The only plausible reason for keeping American troops in Iraq is to protect the democratic transformation that President Bush seized upon as a rationale for the invasion after his claims about weapons of mass destruction turned out to be fictitious. If that transformation is now allowed to run off the rails, the new rationale could prove to be as hollow as the original one.
Human Rights abuses, the spread of Democracy, removing a tyrant from power, shifting the balance of power in the Middle East, geting rid of WMD in the post 9/11 world, shifting the fight from the homefront to overseas, ending the ten year military presence and sanctions- there were boatloads of reasons for the war in Iraq, and seizing upon only one of these issues, albeit one that was used in large part to galvanize the will of the American people is dishonest, and serves to disrespect those you claim to care so much about. Any way you slice it (unless you are Juan Cole), the world is a better place for the sacrifice in blood in treasure that we have made.
And while you are at it, check out this link rich festival of debunking of revisionist history that Glenn has provided.