As the Iraq war was winding down, the same political forces that brought that war into existence tried to shift to what had always been their stage two, which was to attack Iran. By then, however, the Iraq war had been so thoroughly discredited that press and public reacted swiftly and viciously to the attempt to sell a second adventure. And the idea disappeared from view.
A little more than ten years have now passed, however. These same forces are again floating the idea of war with Iran. And I am struck by how much more muted the response to that flotation is. Here, for example, is Paul Krugman’s response ten years ago. He has written nothing so far about the renewed effort.