I always thought of George Schultz as a decent fellow — on the right side of the Philippines democratization movement and nuclear disarmament; uninvolved in Iran-Contra — but this is a repugnant thing to say about the Iraq war:

It’s been seven years since we invaded Iraq, and there is so much sorrow in the world. I don’t see things getting a lot better.
You ought to come out to California. We have problems out here; but the sun is shining, and it’s pleasant here on the Stanford campus.

Why not visit the Iraqi refugee camps of Syria or Jordan, or the tension of Baghdad? The people you encounter may have a distinct take on that question. And the handful of them who get to see the sun shining on California may have a rather more unpleasant experience as time wears on.

One more thing. About the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, the neocon push group that included Schultz as moderate-Republican window dressing, the former secretary of state says it “didn’t really exist, was a name, and it supported the war.” (He continues, “It didn’t exist in the sense that it never met, and I don’t even know who the members of it were.”) OK, sure, fine, lots of these outfits in Washington are little more than signatures on a couple of statements. But it worked alongside the Bush administration and helped sell to the public arguments for the invasion in 2002. Maybe Schultz shouldn’t have been so cavalier with what he signed — not that he regrets his support for the war — but none of that means the committee didn’t exist.