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Will

Will writes from Washington, D.C. (well, Arlington, Virginia). You can reach him at willblogcorrespondence at gmail dot com.

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  1. Avatar Karl
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    Facts change minds only if minds are open to facts inconsistent with pre-conceived notions.Report

  2. Avatar Conor Friedersdorf
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    Am I wrong in remembering that George Will opposed the Iraq War from the beginning?Report

    • Avatar Will in reply to Conor Friedersdorf
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      No, he actually supported it pretty enthusiastically. The Contentions post I link to above has the relevant excerpts.Report

      • Avatar Michael Drew in reply to Will
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        But he eventually turned against it, similar to what he has done with Afghanistan. And he did that while the war (Iraq) was the property of a president who was of a party with which he identifies. So it should be no surprise that he would do the same when the war is owned by a president of a party to which he considers himself an opponent. This is not to say his view on the war is purely a political function, but that he is in a habit of initially supporting and then turning against wars, mjch like the American public at large. But his having done the same with Iraq when it was identified with his own party should highly mitigate the significance of doing it now regarding a war identified with a party he tends to oppose.Report

  3. Avatar mike farmer
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    I think Will simply realizes there’s no place to go with this war, that the Taliban are like an alcoholic’s demons — he can chase them away with fortified wine, but they keep returning.Report

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