This war has been a calamity on too many levels. It has devastated and decimated the Iraqi people (leaving an untold number killed and one-fifth of the population either refugees or internally displaced due to a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign). It traumatized the region emboldening extremist movements and Iran, setting back internal democratic reform efforts that had been underway in Jordan and several Gulf countries. It did severe damage to America’s standing across the world, while demonstrating the limits of our power (the opposite of the very goal that the war’s foolish architects sought to accomplish). And it took the lives of 4,400 young American men and women, ruined the lives of tens of thousands more, costing the nation well over a trillion dollars.
A success? Hell no!