This week brought two milestones: It has been 10 years since the United States invaded Iraq, and three years since President Obama’s health care legislation became law. It’s fitting that the two events coincided, because it was the Iraq War that made the passage of Obamacare possible.
Ten years later, many supporters of the Iraq War spent this week either apologizing for or justifying their backing of the war. Personally, I supported the war at the time and the subsequent “surge” strategy, but in hindsight, given the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, it’s hard to see how the endeavor was worth the tremendous financial cost and American deaths involved.
As if that weren’t enough, one of the realities that should tip the scales for pro-war conservatives is that the Iraq War paved the way for one of the most significant expansions of the federal government in U.S. history.