By: E&P Staff
In his Friday column for The New York Times, Paul Krugman pays tribute to fellow liberal Molly Ivins, who passed away Wednesday. In the process, he cites her prescient writings on Iraq.
Here’s his intro to that section of his column, and her quotes. The entire column is available to pay subscribers at www.nytimes.com.
I?ve been going through Molly?s columns from 2002 and 2003, the period when most of the wise men of the press cheered as Our Leader took us to war on false pretenses, then dismissed as ?Bush haters? anyone who complained about the absence of W.M.D. or warned that the victory celebrations were premature. Here are a few selections:
Nov. 19, 2002: ?The greatest risk for us in invading Iraq is probably not war itself, so much as: What happens after we win? … There is a batty degree of triumphalism loose in this country right now.?
Jan. 16, 2003: ?I assume we can defeat Hussein without great cost to our side (God forgive me if that is hubris). The problem is what happens after we win. The country is 20 percent Kurd, 20 percent Sunni and 60 percent Shiite. Can you say, ?Horrible three-way civil war?? ?
July 14, 2003: ?I opposed the war in Iraq because I thought it would lead to the peace from hell, but I?d rather not see my prediction come true and I don?t think we have much time left to avert it. That the occupation is not going well is apparent to everyone but Donald Rumsfeld. … We don?t need people with credentials as right-wing ideologues and corporate privatizers ? we need people who know how to fix water and power plants.?
Oct. 7, 2003: ?Good thing we won the war, because the peace sure looks like a quagmire. …I?ve got an even-money bet out that says more Americans will be killed in the peace than in the war, and more Iraqis will be killed by Americans in the peace than in the war. Not the first time I?ve had a bet out that I hoped I?d lose.?