Kelly Calls Out Bolton on Iraq: ‘Is That Why You Don’t Want to Discuss the Past 10 Years?’UPDATE: Stephen M. Walt pretty much agrees with Mr.Pitt's sentiment:
by Tina Nguyen | 10:44 am, June 21st, 2014
The discussion over Obama’s decision to commit troops to Iraq grew heated when Kelly asked Bolton whether past decisions about the Iraq War, combined with the fact that the war was wildly unpopular by its end, contributed to the current deterioration of Iraq — and Bolton responded that those decisions were “irrelevant to what we face now.”
“I know, you keep saying that,” Kelly shot back, “but it actually is relevant to a lot of people out there who are wondering, ‘How did we get here?’ Is it not relevant to ask, ‘How did we get here?’”
The back and forth continued for a bit, and then Kelly dropped the big question: “You know that a lot of people are out there tonight saying, ‘Well, weren’t you one of the people who was in favor of going into Iraq in the first place. Is that why you don’t want to discuss the past ten years and whether they were worth it?”
While Bolton said that he’d be “happy” to discuss the decisions of the past ten years, “that’s not the question that America faces today.”
Being a Neocon Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
These guys were wrong about every aspect of Iraq. Why do we still have to listen to them?
BY Stephen M. Walt
JUNE 20, 2014
But given their past failures, what explains neoconservatism's apparent immunity from any degree of accountability? How can a group of people be so wrong so often and at such high cost, yet still retain considerable respect and influence in high circles? For America to pay the slightest heed to neoconservatives is like asking Wile E. Coyote how to catch the Road Runner, seeking marital advice from the late Mickey Rooney, or letting Bernie Madoff handle your retirement portfolio.