January 13, 2004

Reconsider or Not

Slate is running a conversation among liberals who favored the Iraq war, specifically Jacob Weisberg, Ken Pollack, Tom Friedman, Paul Berman, George Packer, Christopher Hitchens, and Fred Kaplan, with Fareed Zakaria set to add an entry soon. The title, "Liberal Hawks Reconsider the Iraq War," is a bit misleading: Reconsider they do, in the sense of "consider again," but stripped of the connotation "especially with intent to alter or modify a previous decision" (as the American Heritage Dictionary puts it); So far only Kaplan is willing to say unequivocally that the war should be regretted, and, as he points out, he'd turned dovish before the fighting even started.

Still, the exchange, scheduled to run through the week, is well worth reading.

Posted by John Tabin at January 13, 2004 10:51 PM