I had serious doubts about the United States going to war in Iraq in 2003. But I joined the bipartisan parade and supported the commander in chief.
I figured George W. Bush knew more than I did about the situation in the Middle East. I also figured he had lots of good reasons to go to war and assumed his administration knew what it was going to do after our easy military victory.
The Bush II administration thought it was going to reengineer Iraq into a democracy where Sunni, Shia and Kurd would live in peace and harmony like Germans, Italians and French do in Switzerland.
My friend David Hackworth, who died in 2005, knew better. He was the most decorated solider in the history of the United States, a critic of the military and a great military journalist.
“David,” I once asked him, “when will there be peace in the Middle East?” His answer was blunt -- “When they’re all dead.”
What’s happening before our eyes in Iraq can be blamed on lots of people. Obama’s Number One on my Top 10 list.
But we conservatives have to take a lot of the blame too. It was us who supported going to war in Iraq in the first place, even though Bush 43 didn’t have an entrance strategy or an exit strategy.
Back in 2003 I believe I really knew in my heart that Iraq was a bad idea. But I took the conservative position of supporting the president on military and defense matters. I thought it was a good idea for us to go over there and kick Saddam’s butt.
As a conservative who supported the war in Iraq and my president, I apologize to all of the families of those killed or wounded in Iraq.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant and author.