I'd like to hear opinions from people who believe Iraq went well - I believe it was a total failure; here's why:
1. Which Threat? - Iraq was no greater risk than other axis of evil countries as well as the terrorist breeding grounds of Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia. So, why did we divert from Afghanistan and choose Iraq?
2. The spoils of war - Iraq was chosen for many reasons; but one of the main reasons was their vast oil reserves. We could turn a profit on the war - this reason has nothing to do with national security; but it was absolutely a reason to invade Iraq.
3. "Coalition of the Willing" - I am embarrassed that my country men and women allowed my president to call this a coalition. This was the US & GB vs. Iraq. Eighteen months after September 11 and seventeen months after Bush was able to put troops in Pakistan, this was the best he could do? FAIL!
4. Coalition Building - Iraq has vast oil reserves; this war could easily turn a big profit. There isn't a leader in the world today who would not participate in this, so called moral and just war, for an equivalent share of the oil profits. The reason Bush failed to get big players in his coalition was he insisted that only his people would control the Iraqi oil industry.
5. I believe, if we had received full support from Russia and China (two countries with long histories of brutalizing Muslims), we would not have experienced any resistance. If Bush were a great leader, he would have gotten India in the coalition! (Rushmore Great!)
I believe Bush/Cheney used September 11 to start the war which best served their constituents; and by constituents, I mean Halliburton, etc. (note: Halliburton is the poster child, but there's many others).
I first became suspicious when the "coalition of the willing" needed to be "padded" with countries that didn't even have a standing military! Didn't that make some of you, even die-hard Republicans, say WTF!
Anyway, I trusted my president and supported his decision until about 9 months after the "Mission Accomplished" banner was unfurled - it was then I realized he had no idea what he was doing.