In a Washington Post interview today, long-time Iraq war advocate Kenneth Pollack admits that the “first four years” of the Iraq war “were about as disastrous as I could possibly imagine.” He adds, “I am hard-pressed to find a single major decision where the U.S. didn’t make the worst possible choice.” Yet he goes on to say the war was “worth it”:
Thirty years from now, when historians look back, where are they going to come out? If at the end of the day the U.S. screwed things up for four years and then in the end left Iraq a better place than they found it under Saddam, it may have still been worth it.
Pollack, who was one of the most outspoken supporters of last year’s troop escalation, fervently argued for the original U.S. invasion. In his 2002 book, “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq,” Pollack pushed the United States to “launch a full-scale invasion, eradicate Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, and rebuild Iraq as a prosperous and stable society — for the good of the United States.”