Four years ago, in the build-up to the Iraq war, Applebaum took part in a question and answer session with the Washington Post's readers. Here's one exchange:
Do France, Germany, and other nations which apparently oppose the U.S.-British position on Iraq, have any concern that if war comes and massive proof of Iraqi WMD is found, it will leave a stain on their credibility on such issues ?
It's a good question - I would think it would worry them. France and Germany do risk being completely disqualified as serious members of the international commmunity. Inspections haven't worked - that is, they haven't prevented Iraq from developing weapons.
Surpisingly, in her attack on Chirac for his alleged policy failings, Ms Applebaum doesn't mention the prediction she made before the Iraq war. I wonder why that is?