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Has the war done what the officials ABCNEWS talked to wanted?
It seems to have improved the behavior of the Syrians and maybe the Iranians, they said, although there is still concern that Iran will meddle in Iraq. And it may have even put some fear in the North Koreans, they added. Plus, they said it probably has helped the Middle East peace process.
But will Iraq be the model that can persuade young Arabs there is more to life than hatred? Too early to know, they said.
Their point: We are deeply worried about the Shiites. It will be a tragedy if radical, anti-American elements gain control in post-Saddam Iraq.
One official said that in the end, history and the American people will judge the United States not by whether U.S. officials find canisters of poison gas or vials of some biological agent.
History will judge the United States, the official said, by whether this war marked the beginning of the end for the terrorists who hate America.
This is simply outrageous. (I'd say read the whole thing, but that is the whole thing.) It now appears that this Administration and its henchmen are so drunk with the glory of the victory of the world's largest military over a seventh-rate power that they're even willing to admit its entire case was simply bogus. They likely judge -- alas, correctly, in my view -- that there will be no repercussions for admitting their deception.
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