I somehow missed Adam Serwer's post on Battlestar Gallactica earlier this week, but I caught up with it today...I'll be very interested to see how Serwer's reading of the series changes, or doesn't, as he continues on with it. At any rate, Serwer linked to an amazingly misguided old column by Jonah Goldberg about how Ron Moore supposedly ruined the show by, in Serwer's words, "going all LIBRUL" in season three.
Goldberg, as far as I can tell, entirely misread the series. There's no big shift where he sees one. Yes, I'm sure Ron Moore was conscious of what was going on in the real world while he put together his series (and I've only occasionally read interviews with him, so I don't know what he thinks he was doing), but as far as I can see it's just perverse to assume that the human insurgency against the Cylons he was so upset about was supposed to represent the Iraqi insurgency against the US, with Americans cast as the evil Cylons.
As it happens, I'm just a few episodes away from finishing rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which was also (at least to a large extent) a Ron Moore series. As I've said before, the two shows have a lot in common; BSG is basically, in its themes, a DS9 with much, much, better acting and without the constraints of the Star Trek universe (here's my post about the two; I also wrote a related post about Caprica). And you know what? In that series, made well before the Iraq disaster, insurgency/occupation is a major recurring theme. Indeed, the specific things that Goldberg thinks are transparently about Iraq (insurgents as good guys, imperial overlords who can't quite believe that the natives can't appreciate them) are very much present in the earlier, pre-Iraq show. One of the central characters in DS9, real white hat, is a former terrorist -- indeed, that's the word that's used to describe her.
I could say more, but apparently there's quite a history of both pro- and anti-Iraq War attempts to shoehorn BSG into supporting their views...I was late to the BSG party, and was avoiding reading much about it for a long time while I caught up, which didn't really happen until the last season, so I guess I missed the whole thing. Without delving into it, I can only say that watching DS9 along with BSG makes it highly improbably that Moore was interested in anything remotely literal about Iraq. Perhaps the fact of that war gave him an excuse to revisit old themes; more likely, in my view, it was just a case of people seeing what they wanted to see, while Moore did exactly what he wanted to and would have done regardless of outside events.