JUDY WOODRUFF: Last thing I will raise. We have only got about 30 seconds, so this is tough. The 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq, just a very brief thought from both of you about how it -- looking back, some people are asking, was it worth it? I may not -- I don't want to put you on the spot in 15 seconds, David, but ...
DAVID BROOKS: Yes, I'm not sure it was worth it. I think we look back, and we are more modest about what our intelligence can do, more modest about how we can nation-build, more modest about our own sort of role in the world. And so I think it's been a lesson in modesty, but not isolation.
Having picked through most of the inventory of 10-years-later apologies, obfuscations, alibis, revisionism and outright, "Fuck Yeah!" triumphalist lies from America's most infamous Operation Clusterfuck chickenhawk supporters, this was the sum total of David Brooks' opinion on the subject of Iraq.
Mr. Brooks can burn entire 800-word columns in America's newspaper of record musing about the Niebuhrian implications of a bowl of lemon custard, but when it comes to the biggest foreign policy debacle in modern history?
One which he fully and enthusiastically supported at the top of his voice?
One which he gleefully exploited to curb-stomp every Liberal target in sight?
One which he used to massively advance his career?
I think it had something to do with fucking modesty.
Helluva way to begin my 8th year of blogging.