Right-wingers are gleefully passing this video around this morning, thinking that Rice got the better of O’Donnell. But since roughly two-thirds of the country disagrees with Rice and thinks the Iraq war was a mistake, few outside the wingosphere will agree. In fact, according to the extremely hawkish Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), most Republican Congressmen wouldn’t invade Iraq again.
“I will say that the decision to go in, in retrospect, almost all of us think that was a horrible mistake. …Now that we know that it cost a trillion dollars, and all of these years, and all of these lives, and all of this blood… all I can say is everyone I know thinks it was a mistake to go in now.”
The Bush administration claimed there was an operational relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. There wasn’t. They claimed Saddam had WMDs, including an advanced nuclear program. He didn’t. They said that getting rid of Saddam would cost about $50B, that Iraq would finance it’s own reconstruction, and that the war would be over in a matter of months. It wasn’t.
Even assuming good faith on their part (which I don’t), all those calls were wrong and led to horrific levels of human suffering, including hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis and over 30,000 American casualties.
It’s disconcerting, still, to hear Rice say she’d do it all again. But it seems unlikely that any of the Republican presidential candidates, save Ron Paul, will deviate from Rice’s script, putting them at odds with a large majority of the electorate on yet another issue.