With Il Trumpe et alia engaging in an act of war against Iran (no, this isn’t ‘spiraling towards war’–it is war), there will be a lot of punditry and other opinion mongering. The only good thing about not casting out those who got Iraq wrong to the hinterlands is that many of the people who will be offering opinions have track records–bad ones, by the way.
Don’t listen to them. They were wrong then, and they’re not worth listening to now. Despite all of the revisionism, it wasn’t hard to see that the occupation of Iraq was going to be a clusterfuck, not a cakewalk–and they either didn’t listen or just didn’t care (or both). So find the people who got it right, and listen to them.
Unfortunately, it appears, despite the Trump Administration’s willingness to lie about, well, everything, our pundits and political press corps hasn’t learned a damn thing, so it’s up to us to be the filter.