March 19, 2013 marks the International Hindsight Day–a day in which Internet pundits sit back, reflect, and inform the world that they were against the Iraq War the whole time. Unfortunately, news articles from 2003 paint a far different picture–one in which the war enjoyed far greater popular support.
Of course, it’s not the first time pundits have distanced themselves from ill-fated military adventurism. Gene Rodenberry supported the Vietnam War through an allegorical proxy war with the Klingons in a Star Trek episode which aired in February 1968. Kirk’s insistence that the Federation continue to arm a primitive race with weaponry reflects what many felt was a need to keep the Communists in check in Southeast Asia. Or “staying the course” as we’d say these days.
Of course, no one remembers being for escalating the Vietnam War.