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01/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Republican Regret for Iraq War?

Tina Brown's online magazine The Daily Beast has scored some coups. The latest comes courtesy of Talking Points Memo alum Benjamin Sarlin. In a recent interview with GOP uber-goon Roger Stone, Sarlin extracted the only known mea culpa on record from a Republican heavy hitter that actually acknowledges--gasp--people died unnecessarily as the result of George W. Bush's presidency.

Says Stone, who was a behind the scenes player in the notorious Brooks Brothers' riot of November 2000 that shut down the Miami-Dade recount:

When I look at those double-page New York Times spreads of all the individual pictures of people who have been killed [in Iraq], I got to think, "Maybe there wouldn't have been a war if I hadn't gone to Miami-Dade. Maybe there hadn't have been, in my view, an unjustified war if Bush hadn't become president." It's very disturbing to me.

David Rose's 2006 Vanity Fair profile of Richard Perle, Ken "Cakewalk" Adelman, and David Frum, wittily titled Neo Culpa noted more generalized fingerpointing and regrets on the order of "mistakes were made."

Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute blames the skirts.

Ask yourself who the most powerful people in the White House are. They are women who are in love with the president: Laura [Bush], Condi, Harriet Miers, and Karen Hughes.

Stone, then, deserves credit for having, well, the stones to concede that elections have consequences. And one of the consequences of George W. Bush's election was that the United States was plunged into an "unjustified war."

That war brought with it human misery on a staggering scale. It has undermined American moral authority. And it has dealt a savage blow to our strategic interests.

Until Republicans come to terms with the consequences of their actions, they will languish in the political wilderness.

More of Roger Stone can be seen in this recent interview with Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo. Note the killer Nixon poster.

Here's hoping Sarlin can track down some of the other Brooks Brothers rioters for comment. Might be some juicy stuff.