They say that hindsight is 20/20. Sometimes, it can be quite damning.
But I would like to add a little extra to this piece of commentary made by vet journo Peter Worthington:
- Never underestimate your enemy's intelligence: what if, at the time the initial report was released, there really were WMD's being mass produced? And that the reason they weren't found in Saddamite Iraq is because they were movevd somewhere else. Ever thought of that?
- Never rattle your sabre more times than necessary: Dubya huffed and puffed, and puffed, and puffed, and huffed and puffed again. By the time he came around to blowing Mr. Hussein's Baathouse down, the mad scientists may have had the opportunity make all these evil weapons disappear. Hmmm...
- Never procrastinate: the UN's resolution on Iraq's WMD was in effect for 10 years, yet nothing was done. Why?
- Never make a resolution you can never follow up: see above.
- If you have to start a war, make sure that you learn how to win the peace before you work on winning the war.