As expected, Iraq replaced Afghanistan as the terrorist breeding ground of choice. Our wanton and insanely stupid strategy of attacking a country controlled by an unfriendly-yet-relatively secular leader who, despite being clearly sadistic, was also being monitored and boxed-in. His options for movements were limited and, while this was consuming resources, it was sustainable over time.
Meanwhile, other key items, like stateless terror groups (still hard for some in this administration to believe) float among the breezes looking for a new home. We have the delightful idea that we can revolutionize the Middle East not by pressuring those who sponsor the teachings of radical Islam (here’s looking at you, Saudi Arabia), but instead by invading one of the more secular governments in the region.