Asking If Someone Would Have Invaded Iraq Is Stupid

Can We Call It A Day With The ‘Knowing What We Know Now, Would You Have Invaded Iraq’ Question?

“Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the Iraq war?”

That is the ludicrous question we’re being treated to as Republicans take the field for the 2016 election cycle. Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, and even Jeb Bush (after some prodding) have all said no. Ted Cruz gave the best answer when he told Megyn Kelly:

“Of course not. The entire predicate of the war against Iraq was the intelligence that showed they had weapons of mass destruction, and that there was a real risk they might use them….We now know that intelligence was false. Without that predicate, there’s no way we would have gone to war in Iraq—and we know that now in hindsight.”

I’m sure that’s 48 seconds of Cruz’s life he wishes he had back.

After being asked that question, no one in their right mind would say “Yes, I totally would have gone to Iraq knowing that the intelligence was wrong, and that Iraq didn’t actually have any WMDs. Who wouldn’t?!”
Why is this question being asked? Is every journalist suffering from a head injury?
I suppose it started out as a gotcha question for Jeb Bush, designed to make him squirm because of his brother’s record. But because it’s the most asinine question ever posed to mankind, why is it now being repeated by everyone, including good journalists?

If we’re going with hypotheticals, shouldn’t we stick to the future? If you’re elected President, how would you combat ISIS? That’s a legitimate hypothetical. If you’re running against Hillary, what would you do to draw the female vote? Another possibility right there. But this useless garbage question about Iraq is just wasting time.

In case any journalists are looking for similar hypotheticals, I have a couple great ones. Feel free to use these:

  1. Knowing what we know now, would you have eased sanctions on North Korea, and trusted them not to violate the nuclear weapons “Agreed Framework?”
  2. Knowing what we know now, would you have swallowed those razor blades?
    Both questions are of equal value.

Hmm, I don’t know. Knowing what I know now—that those razor blades cut up my insides, and almost killed me—yeah, I’d probably swallow them again.

Knowing what I know now, I see a very tedious election cycle ahead of us if these are the kinds of questions we’re hearing from journalists.