March 20, 2008
Mission Still Not Accomplished
It has been five years since the United States invaded Iraq and the world watched in horror as what seemed like a swift victory by modern soldiers and 21st-century weapons became a nightmare of spiraling violence, sectarian warfare, insurgency, roadside bombings and ghastly executions. Iraq’s economy was destroyed, and America’s reputation was shredded in the torture rooms of Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prisons.
These were hard and very costly lessons for a country that had emerged from the cold w ar as the world’s sole remaining superpower. Shockingly, President Bush seems to have learned none of them.