Time for the war critics to explain condemnation

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 1:00am

Forgive me for engaging in a little "triumphalism." I'm darn proud of our men and women in uniform. They came, they saw, they kicked Saddam Hussein's posterior in a mere three weeks, and "with less than half the ground forces and two-thirds of the air assets used 12 years ago in Desert Storm," as Vice President Dick Cheney noted this week.

As coalition forces mop up in Iraq, the focus turns to the post-war campaign: getting humanitarian aid to the needy Iraqi people; installing an interim government in Baghdad; and figuring out a post-war role for the United Nations.

But before we close the books on Operation Iraqi Freedom, let us call into account the doom-mongers who warned that the war would yield disaster. And let

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