Back in September 2004, about 18 months into the war in Iraq, I posed three questions for the pro-war blogosphere:
First, assuming that you were in favor of the invasion of Iraq at the time of the invasion, do you believe today that the invasion of Iraq was a good idea? Why/why not?
Second, what reaction do you have to the not-very-upbeat news coming of Iraq these days, such as the stories I link to above?
Third, what specific criteria do you recommend that we should use over the coming months and years to measure whether the Iraq invasion has been a success?
I then agreed to post links to the blogs that responded, which you can see here and here, with links to about 70 blogs altogether. I asked the question again three years later to see if opinions had changed. By and large, they had not.
The latest news from Iraq, of course, is that the formal combat mission of U.S. troops has come to an end. Some 50,000 or so troops will stay in the country, at least for another year, but there will be no more combat missions. It seems like an opportune time to ask folks who were in favor of the war in 2003-04 once again: Have your views of the war changed? That is, do you still think the war was a good idea? And do you believe that the invasion was a success? [...]