Weigel is himself constrained to admit that in Iraq, American intervention has increased terrorism. “American analysts and U.S. policy makers miscalculated the degree to which post-Saddam Iraq would quickly become a battlefield in the wider war against jihadism” (p. 82).
Do we not have here a perfect illustration of how American intervention causes the problem its advocates profess to cure? Naturally, Weigel does not see matters this way. For him, the increase in terrorism shows only that the American invasion should have been planned better.
Of course, we cannot leave Iraq now, he says: terrorists would regard American withdrawal as a great victory and would intensify their actions against us. One wonders how he knows this. Weigel professes belief in a “tranquillitas ordinis,” but what he in fact favors is religious war. He would do better to adhere to the just war tradition he has endeavored to replace. FULL ARTICLE