Good time to read Days of Fire by Peter Baker, now out in paperback, and be reminded of a number of things about Iraq. I’m thinking of sending a copy to John McCain and everybody else arguing we need to re-invade.
There was never any real evidence that Iraq had WMDs.
Even before 9/11---before Bush was elected President---Bush and Cheney were both on the lookout for an excuse to invade Iraq.
The mission was never accomplished. The invasion was the easy part. It was the occupation that was a disaster.
We broke the country into pieces. Then for four years we watched helplessly as the pieces got broken into smaller pieces. Then came the Surge.
During the Surge, the occupation continued to be poorly managed and misguided.
The Surge just duct taped as many pieces as possible back together while we hoped Iraq would fix itself.
The hope was Maliki would grow into a true national leader and somehow re-assemble Iraq into a working nation state by himself, saving us the trouble.
Bush convinced himself that that happened and more or less gave himself permission to stop worrying about it anymore.
So, say we’re stupid enough to re-invade, and assuming it’s as easy this time as it was last time---a big assumption because ISIS doesn’t present the same sort of target as Saddam’s army or Saddam himself---then what’s the plan?
More duct tape?