During confirmation hearings for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., pummeled Mr. Hagel for opposing President George W. Bush’s 2007 “surge” in Iraq. “Were you correct or incorrect,” Sen. McCain demanded of his former colleague, “when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam?…Yes or no?”
Mr. Hagel balked at yes or no, but it is clear that the “surge” was not America’s biggest post-Vietnam blunder. That low point belongs to President Bush’s invasion of Iraq — launched 10 years ago today. Sen. McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., former Vice President Dick Cheney and others peddle the notion that the surge redeemed the misguided invasion. In fact, too much tragic, persistent evidence thwarts that attempt to rewrite history — and to justify new military operations.
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