Iraq and the Conservatives
Arguments about the wisdom of America’s invasion of Iraq will not be resolved until the outcome becomes clearer, which may not be for some time. In the meantime, the news from Iraq continues alternately to hearten and alarm, providing grist for the war’s supporters on one day, for its opponents the next.
The most interesting arguments are not between Left and Right. The Left long ago lost any coherent voice on national security. That it has yet to recover that voice was illustrated in last year’s presidential race by the dizzying self-contradictions of John Kerry, not to mention the Democrats’ embrace of the anti-American buffoon, Michael Moore. Instead, the most interesting arguments are within the Right, most of which supports the war but some of which contains its most trenchant and acerbic critics. Gary Rosen, COMMENTARY’s managing editor, has compiled the best of these intra-conservative polemics in a new anthology, The Right War? The Conservative Debate on Iraq.
About the Author
Joshua Muravchik, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is working on a book about Arab and Muslim democrats.