Instapundit doesn't know if he'll do a "wrapup of military predictions that proved wrong, as I did once the Afghan War was settling down"
. I'm sure he'll be very fair, and provide right and wrong predictions from the left and right. Just in case he has some trouble, I've found some predictions for him to include:
I have no doubt that if we go to war next week or the week after that we’re going to get rid of Saddam Hussein and have a regime change and that our military will succeed. My concern is what this is going to do to the cooperation and the bilateral institutions and multilateral institutions that we’ve built up in this world for the last 50 years.
- Howard Dean: Meet The Press - March 9, 2003
Or here's another one:
Of course we'll win on the battlefield, probably with ease. I'm not a military expert, but I can do the numbers: the most recent U.S. military budget was $400 billion, while Iraq spent only $1.4 billion.
- Paul Krugman: New York Times Op Ed "Things to Come" - March 18, 2003
After the war there will be rewards in victory. Bush will have achieved a new imperial foothold in the Middle East, not to mention control of the second largest oil reserves in the world.
He also will have rid Iraq of a dictator and made its neighbors feel more secure. In addition, he will have reaffirmed his own apparent philosophy that might is right.
On the debit side, he may have made the United Nations irrelevant. He may have junked the benevolent image of America and substituted a portrait of an arrogant world power, seeking global domination.
- Helen Thomas: Op Ed "Preventive war sets perilous precedent" - March 20, 2003
Glenn, do us all a favor and spare us the quote from the odd academic or Hollywood movie star. If you want to mock the left, at least mock someone we actually listen to. And please, dig up some quotes from Tom Delay about Kosovo
while you're at it.