Mr Stephen M. Walt, writing for Foreign Policy, does a great Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War. It's a very cogent well-written piece that has none of the childishness and petulance you've all come to know here on RTTC when I try to write about my country's ghastly mistakes.
Plus - there isn't a single syllable of motherfucking goddamned swearing - which I know nobody likes - and by the way - is something I try to give up every now and again - but I then I think of all the asshats that got behind these tragic wars and all the ones peddling the lame strategy of killin as a way to solve a problem - and all the ones like me who didn't do fuck all to stop these tragedies - and you know something - all the rosaries and malas I ever made, all the praying and chanting and half-assed attempts at meditation and all the cutesy speerchul blog posts I ever slung up here and all the sacred reading I ever done goes right out the fucking window and I find myself wanting a head on a pike (metaphorically of course, Dear Government). And - you know - gentle reader that thoughts of heads on pikes - well they just aren't the thing to be entertaining when one has written about the evils of violence - but that's the level I've sunk to.. when I consider our track record of making the world a better place. I am fucking dismayed.
Mr Walt is a much better man than I. He can apparently think about these things without having his head explode. If you have a few moments - please give his article a read by clicking here.
Here are some of the Bullet points:
- The United States Lost
- It's not that hard to hijack the US into a war
- The US 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.
- The secularism and middle-class character of Iraqi society was overrated.
There are lots more..
Go and give it a read.
It's fucking good.