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Christopher Hitchen's latest Slate piece is a pile of crap in which he basically throws himself softballs in order to conclude that going to war in Iraq was the only rational choice. He ends this pile of crap with this:
So, you seriously mean to say that we would not be living in a better or safer world if the coalition forces had turned around and sailed or flown home in the spring of 2003?

That's exactly what I mean to say.
Well, thanks for your opinion, Chris. But what about some obvious questions that line of thinking brings up:
  1. Are we living in a better, safer world now that we have had four years of the Iraq War?
  2. Do you think the situation in Afghanistan would be any different if the effort poured into Iraq were focused there instead?
  3. If we had "turned around" instead of attacking, would the 3,213 soldiers who have died in the Iraq still be dead?
  4. Do you seriously even care about question #3?
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