Mr. Pierce is on vacation this week, so he’s got some excellent substitutes contributing at Esquire‘s Politics Blog. Michael Maiello alerts us that it’s not only the Republican warpigs we need to worry about:
In the years leading up to the invasion of Iraq, noted Democratic hawk Kenneth M. Pollack played an instrumental role in building bipartisan support for George W. Bush’s war of choice. Today, as a Senior Fellow at Brookings, Pollack takes a look back at what went wrong and makes some recommendations about what the U.S. can do to stop Iraq from sliding back into civil war now that President Obama has brought the occupation to a close.
What stands out most in his survey, though, are not his specific policy proposals but the forlorn paragraph where he fantasizes about what he’d like to do if only pesky politics weren’t in the way:
“In an alternative universe, the United States might re-intervene in Iraq, redeploying tens of thousands of soldiers to restore everyone’s sense of safety and allowing the political process to heal again. In this universe, the United States is never going to intervene in Iraq again, nor will the Maliki government ever request that we do so.”
A decade has passed since Pollack’s pre-war advocacy and all Pollack really wants is another run at the cradle of civilization. But don’t worry, he assures us, nobody with any say in the matter will go there….