"I say all this to say that if I regret anything it is my pose of
powerlessness -- my lack of faith in American democracy, my belief that
the war didn't deserve my hard thinking or hard acting, my cynicism. I
am not a radical. But more than anything the Iraq War taught me the
folly of mocking radicalism. It seemed, back then, that every "sensible"
and "serious" person you knew -- left or right -- was for the war. And
they were all wrong. Never forget that they were all wrong. And never
forget that the radicals with their drum circles and their wild hair
This thought occurred to me some time ago: On any controversial issue, if you're not sure which side you should be on, check which side most of the people wearing dress shirts and ties are on. That's the side that's wrong. It works in at least 95% of cases.