December 4, 2011

Mission Sort of Accomplished in Iraq

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

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Getting us out of the war successfully does not minimize President Bush's responsibility for leading the country into a war based on claims about weapons of mass destruction that turned out to be wrong — and for botching the occupation as thoroughly and for as long as he did.  But once in he neither tried to evade responsibility for his actions nor took the easy way out; in the end he found good commanders and gave them what they needed to win despite vociferous criticism and near-unanimous predictions of doom.

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