Eric at Classical Values* has what may be the perfect post on Iraq and Viet Nam:
Where it gets murky is with the people who claim not to be pacifists, who claim to support necessary wars, but who don't support a particular war.
"Yes, we need to fight al Qaeda, but not in Iraq!"
This is logically frustrating, because we are in Iraq, and so is al Qaeda. [...] Ultimately, I see such arguments as being based on What We Should Have Done. "Should have" is no way to fight a war you are in.
Read the whole thing, especially you leftoverists.
* Yeah, a lot of my posts start out that way.
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