Iraq. It's been seven years

“In a year’s time, Iraq will be, at a bare minimum, the least badly-governed state in the Arab World and, at best, pleasant, civilized and thriving.”
Mark Steyn April 2003

“I mean, Fallujah might not yet be Maidstone, but from what I hear of Iraq, it is infinitely better than it was - there’s a plethora of newspapers, very free markets, a lot of education...
                                                                       Roger Alton, Editor, The Observer, May 2004

Despite the fact that it would be difficult to name a single area of Iraqi life which has improved as a result of the American actions, when the subject is Iraq and the person I’m having a discussion with has no other argument left to defend US policy there, at least at the moment, I may be asked: “Just tell me one thing, are you glad that Saddam Hussein is out of power?” And I say: “No”. And the person says: “No?” And I say: “No. Tell me, if you went into surgery to correct a knee problem and the surgeon mistakenly amputated your entire leg, what would you think if someone then asked you: Are you glad that you no longer have a knee problem? 
William Blum

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”
Hermann Goering

What is it that’s worth the deaths of half a million children? Their combined weight in oil that’s what.
William Bowles