There are many shades of right-wing punditry in our country. Among the shadiest is Jonah Goldberg. With arrogance seemingly matched only by his ignorance, Goldberg was just being Goldberg when he offered this wager two years ago:Let's make a bet. I predict that Iraq won't have a civil war, that it will have a viable constitution, and that a majority of Iraqis and Americans will, in two years time, agree that the war was worth it. I'll bet $1,000 (which I can hardly spare right now).
The two-year period comes due this Thursday. Even Goldberg now realizes his prediction was totally wrong -- with poll after poll showing most Americans do not "agree that the war was worth it." (Not to mention what Iraqis think of the war or Goldberg's boast that "Iraq won't have a civil war.")
So shouldn't Goldberg -- or somebody -- pay off the $1,000?
Actually, since Cole rightfully pointed out that it was wrong to treat all the sacrifices of life as so much fodder for a callous bet, I'd settle for Jonah to put his tail between his legs and just publicly admit that HE'S BEEN WRONG EVERY STEP OF THIS OCCUPATION.
So pay up, Jonah. Put your money where your mouth is.