So what happens now? There remains a steadfast group of Americans who are convinced that Iraq and Saddam Hussein worked directly with Osama bin Laden in the planning for 9/11. Yet, the one person in the former administration who was "clear" about that connection during his tenure as VPOTUS has stated publicly that there was no connection.
I didn't support our going into Iraq, because I didn't believe the reasons presented by the Bush administration. I'd argued to friends that if the goal really was to get rid of Hussein, then assassinate him and install a more U.S. friendly regime. There was no need to create elaborate, and ultimately false, reasons for going to war with Iraq. I am still mad that we did not finish doing what we were supposed to do in Afghanistan, and I worry if it is now too late to salvage what we were supposed to be building there. And, it still amazes me that the most ardent fans of the last POTUS, as well as those who will invoke 9/11 at the drop of a dime (or the sound of dissent from their position), are not outraged that we did not get the person we fully know orchestrated the attack on the country.
Ultimately,we owe our men and women fighting in Iraq an apology. We sent them into war under false pretenses, in my opinion. It's beginning to look more like torture tactics were used to try to generate "intelligence" solidifying a link between Hussein and bin Laden. We abandoned Afghanistan, and let Pakistan stand idle while their leaders did nothing but cash checks from us. And, as Jon Soltz noted in his post on Huffington Post, some within the administration seemed to play up the religious aspects of the war, as though this were a 21st century crusade.
As much as I like BHO, I hope that I do not lose perspective and forget that he is simply a politician fully capable of making mistakes (how about that economic team) and disappointing his constituents (ask some in the glbt community right now). But, I wonder if any of those die hard supporters of the last administration will ever admit that their guys got it wrong (remember, I am talking about die hards; many of my conservative friends made their disappointments with the previous administration clear).