I would be remiss if I didn't link to my op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times:
The United States is now well into the fifth year of a war in Iraq that has, at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, managed to get more Americans killed than 9/11 while alienating global opinion, undermining our strategic posture around the world, arguably speeding nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran and detracting from American efforts against Al Qaeda. The nation's elites, ever vigilant, have located the source of the problem: Public outrage over the sorry situation.
Read the whole thing, as they say.
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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.