Gary Farber echoes a common refrain with regard to Iraq
We broke it, it’s our moral obligation to do what we can — and with as light a footstep as we can manage, and (within limits and redlines) following the wishes of the Iraqi people — as best we can, to fix it, and that’s our primary mandate, not to simply say “sorry,” and leave.
This is just flat out wrong. Iraq was broken long before the Coalition troops showed up. At this point, Iraq is in better shape than it has been in over a decade. I’m sure there will be a chorus of “what about the violence?”, but the fact remains that fewer Iraqis are dieing from violence now than before the invasion. But somehow, for far too many people, it’s not really death and violence if it’s sanctioned by a politically correct government.