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Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:17 AM

FP: Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War (#1 - The United States lost.)

Lesson #1: The United States lost. The first and most important lesson of Iraq war is that we didn't win in any meaningful sense of that term. The alleged purpose of the war was eliminating Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, but it turns out he didn't have any. Oops. Then the rationale shifted to creating a pro-American democracy, but Iraq today is at best a quasi-democracy and far from pro-American.

Lesson #2: It's not that hard to hijack the United States into a war. The United States is still a very powerful country, and the short-term costs of military action are relatively low in most cases. As a result, wars of choice (or even "wars of whim" are possible. The Iraq war reminds us that if the executive branch is united around the idea of war, normal checks and balances -- including media scrutiny -- tend to break down.

Lesson #3: The United States gets in big trouble when the "marketplace of ideas" breaks down and when the public and our leadership do not have an open debate about what to do.

Given the stakes involved, it is remarkable how little serious debate there actually was about the decision to invade. This was a bipartisan failure, as both conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats all tended to jump onboard the bandwagon to war. And mainstream media organizations became cheerleaders rather than critics.

Lesson #10: Rethink U.S. grand strategy, not just tactics or methods.

Because it is not clear if any U.S. approach would have succeeded at an acceptable cost, the real lesson of Iraq is not to do stupid things like this again. ... So my last lesson is that we shouldn't spend too much time trying to figure out how to do this sort of thing better, because we're never going to do it well and it will rarely be vital to our overall security. Instead, we ought to work harder on developing an approach to the world that minimizes the risk of getting ourselves into this kind of war again.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/03/20/top_ten_lessons_of_the_iraq_war?page=full

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Reply FP: Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War (#1 - The United States lost.) (Original post)
pampango Mar 2012 OP
izquierdista Mar 2012 #1
unhappycamper Mar 2012 #2
Solly Mack Mar 2012 #3
libtodeath Mar 2012 #4

Response to pampango (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:26 AM

1. Lesson #11: War criminals must be put in jail.

 

n/t

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Response to izquierdista (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:29 AM

2. That would be a nice start. n/t

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Response to izquierdista (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:13 AM

3. That should be the first item.

Alas...

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:28 AM

4. We lost because we deserved to.

We lied about our reasons,most know that the whole terra thing was a sham and false flag and we were there as imperialists only.

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