When Oops Isn't Enough

Would it really kill the neocons to apologize for the Iraq war?

In the original film of Mel Brooks' The Producers, Zero Mostel advises a blithering Gene Wilder, who has just unintentionally observed Mostel's character trying to seduce an elderly woman: "You mean 'oops,' don't you? Just say 'oops' and get out!" Yet sometimes even "oops" is not enough.

Kenneth Adelman and Richard Perle said "oops" earlier this month. As personality types, these two longtime Washington hawks couldn't be more different. Adelman is relentlessly cheerful and upbeat, while Perle is legendarily gloomy and dark. But both played a role in pushing the U.S. into war in Iraq--Adelman in an influential Washington Post Op-Ed...

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