Every war casts a long shadow, from the heroism of the Greatest Generation to the dark ambiguities of Vietnam. It was inevitable, then, that the 2016 presidential candidates would be confronted with the war in Iraq.
Twelve years on, the broad questions raised by the invasion — about trust in Washington and its leaders, about faith in dubious overseas alliances, about the best ways to fight terrorism and how to bring peace to the Middle East, if that's even possible — have not gone away.
If anything, the politics have grown more fraught for members of both parties.
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul seized the Senate floor Wednesday for a 101/2 -hour speech aimed...