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Misunderestimations

Here is Colin Powell defending himself and the original decision to invade Iraq by invoking the 2002 NIE.  That would be the rapidly thrown-together report that Sen. Bob Graham, as Obama reminded Edwards at the recent debate, cited when giving his reasons for voting against the resolution to authorise the President to use force.  If it was possible to conclude that war was not necessary or prudent after reading the 2002 NIE, why would anyone at this late stage continue to cite as some sort of authority, as if its findings made war the obvious choice?

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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