Hindsight is for Losers and Reporters
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of “hindsight” is: “Perception of the nature of an event after it has happened…” If we all knew how history was going to present itself after an event occurred, don’t you think we all would be living nearly perfect lives. I’d have bet my entire net worth on American Pharaoh in the first two legs of the Triple Crown if I already knew the winner. “Darn…in hindsight, I should have known he was going to win.” I’d retire and continue to live a life of perfection because of my God-given talents of hindsight.
To be judged on decisions made in life based on hindsight is for the intelligently lazy…you know…reporters. Currently, GOP candidate Marco Rubio and likely candidate, Jeb Bush, are being put under a microscope and being asked ‘knowing what you know now, would you have ordered the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. It’s a dumb question.
Given the luxury of hindsight, John Hardy and I would have moved all of our clients into cash on Sept 10th, 2001 and October 14th, 2008.
Given the luxury of hindsight, South Carolina would have never succeeded from the Union and Abraham Lincoln could have enjoyed the play.
Given the luxury of hindsight, Neville Chamberlain would not have met again…again…and again with Adolph Hitler and there would have been no Munich Agreement.
Given the luxury of hindsight, Japan wouldn’t have bombed Pearl Harbor.
Given the luxury of hindsight, JFK would have kept the top up on that convertible and told everyone to shove the “Domino Theory.” LBJ would not have looked for a reason to escalate the Vietnam War and we’d never heard of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
You get the gist of the absurdity. Decisions are made with the best intelligence and information given at that time. The quality of that intelligence and information should always be questioned and in the case of George Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, there is no doubt our intelligence was totally wrong. However, a President is only as good as his intelligence. It was a costly war for American and Coalition soldiers and Iraqi citizens while creating the vacuums of leadership we are now seeing in Iraq and Syria.
But to use this as a qualifying question for current GOP Presidential Want to Be’s is another example of the decay of thoughtful journalism. Quite frankly, it makes me worry about both Bush and Rubio’s abilities to think on their feet…a quality nimble and successful leaders all have. How easy would it have been for Rubio to look Fox News Sunday host Mike Wallace straight in the eyes and say, “That’s the dumbest question I’ve ever heard.” Because you know what…..it is.