If we are to solve our myriad domestic problems and revitalize our economy we need to be more selective about our involvement in foreign crises large and small.
The United States justified the invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to America and the world. Since that proved not to be the case, critics of President Obama's Iraq policy now argue that America sacrificed on behalf of oppressed Iraqis.
Calling the war a "mistake" is the language of denial, not contrition: it minimizes the Iraq War's disastrous consequences, removes blame, and deprives Americans of any chance to learn from our generation's foreign policy disaster.
It's not just the left questioning Obama's principles over the FISA flap. His opponents are pointing and laughing at him for being a panderer and accommodationist. And Obama hasn't even voted on the bill yet!
Obama, like others, called on Iraqi politicians to "take responsibility" for their country, as if we've been merely aiding them in a crisis. But we let out the dogs of war. So who exactly needs to take responsibility?