6. Lots of people eventually became critical of the war they at first supported, that is not a selling
point. It is just self preservation. A Sec of Defense who voted for the most irresponsible and illegal war in our history does not make me comfortable. Obama called that war 'a stupid war' now he nominates one of the backers of that stupid an murderous war. 23 Senate peers of Hagels did not fall for the ginned up evidence and they voted NO.
Being right in advance of the obviousness of the position is called 'skill' or 'wisdom' or 'talent'. Being right after years of endless death and no progress is called 'seeing the writing on the wall' and it is not really that big of a deal.
I'm opposed to rewarding those who failed to do the right thing with more power over the very area they were so miserably wrong in when it mattered. Thousands died, real humans. The yes voters should not be in charge of the next round of wars of choice.
Do you think we can afford more 'errors of judgment' of the Iraq scale? I don't. Can we afford again to be 'right' only after several years of carnage and expense? I don't think so.