2003 Redux: Iran Hawks, Iraq Hawks—Same Errors, Same Lies

Obviously, there are differences between then and now. In 2003, the United States government wanted war. Today, it wants to undo a diplomatic agreement. In 2002, the Israeli government (as opposed to Netanyahu, who was for much of that year a private citizen) was wary of America’s confrontational policy.* Today, the Israeli government is aggressively lobbying for it. But while history is not repeating itself, it is rhyming in remarkable ways. Which raises a disturbing question: How is it possible—15 years after the launch of one the greatest catastrophes in American history—that so many of the assumptions that guided America’s march to war in Iraq still dominate American foreign policy today?