If you visualize, you can almost figure out who gets to stand where in the Atlantic circle-jerk:
I’m looking forward to reading Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece elsewhere at The Atlantic on Iran, its pursuit of nuclear technology, Israel’s likely response, and America’s options. In general I find his long form reportage an invaluable source of information and analysis, and I very much dissent from the uncharitable assessments of his past work offered by some of his critics. Indeed I am confident that if they read more of his work they’d change their assessment.
I do think it’s fair to say that in important respects the Iraq War turned out differently than Mr. Goldberg anticipated. In this he is hardly alone. And although this point occurred to me in his defense, I think it’s also an insight that should inform the current debate about Iran: there is always a substantial disconnect between what even our most informed analysts think is going to happen in a geopolitical conflict, and what actually happens if that very conflict actually occurs.
Why, yes. It probably is fair to say things turned out a touch differently than predicted.
All I can really add to this is DougJ’s timeless and prescient quip:
I’m watching Monica Crowley and Pat Buchanan on the McLaughlin group and so help me God, I am praying for a dirty bomb in Georgetown.
These people will destroy us all.