I am a daily reader (and now subscriber) to Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish blog and I quote him often. He has quoted me from time to time as well. Some of my readers have suggested that Sullivan is, for some reason, beyond the pale and should not be taken seriously. This post, however, shows why I think he absolutely should.
This month, the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, I’ve decided to re-publish some of my posts from March 2003. Call it masochism or basic journalistic accountability or the Internet’s revenge. But I was wrong. I was wrong in good faith. But I was wrong. And it’s worth, ten years’ later, to show just how wrong I was in order to understand better my massive error of judgment (let alone of tone).
Sullivan here displays a pretty rare level of intellectual honesty and a willingness to put his own past errors on display for all to see. That’s not only admirable, it’s essential for someone who strives to live life in anything like a rational manner. Sully may be hopelessly stuck in his Catholic beliefs even while rejecting much that the church teaches, but this kind of intellectual integrity is rare even among those of us who consider ourselves rationalists and spend a good deal of time criticizing theists for their lack of it.