by Simon Black
In late 2002, about 17 years ago at this time of the year, I was a young Army officer deployed to the Middle East.
It was just a few months before George W. Bush gave the order to invade Iraq, though all my fellow officers and I knew with 100% certainty that we would be going to war.
That turned out to be an extremely formative experience for me.
It was clear that Saddamn Hussein did not have any weapons of mass destruction, and that the pretext for the invasion was total bullshit. And at 23-years old, I was naive enough to be appalled that politicians would do something so irresponsible.