Fouad Ajami in the Wall Street Journal:
leaving behind little trace.
And a strongman is in charge.
.... On the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom ... well over 70% of the American public supported upending the Saddam regime. The temptation to depict the war as George W. Bush's and Dick Cheney's is convenient but utterly false.
This was a war waged with congressional authorization, with the endorsement of popular acceptance [over 70%], and with the sanction of more than a dozen United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for Iraq's disarmament.
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It was no fault of the soldiers who fought this war, or of the leaders who launched it, that their successors lacked the patience to stick around Iraq and safekeep what had been gained at an incalculable cost in blood and treasure.