Bonfire of American Vanities
“The mistake, which still emanates from think tanks stocked with neoconservatives, is assuming that democracy can come at the end of sword – or that it can be purchased. “A liberated Iraq,” Bush said, “can show the power of freedom to transform that vital region.”
Not even close. The dictator was toppled, tried and executed, but the dominoes never fell, after a trillion-dollar war. Through it all, American money continued to flow into regimes that jailed their dissidents and tortured people trying to act on Thomas Jefferson’s ideals. Cognitive dissonance as foreign policy.”
If Bush handled the post war Iraq much better or even better, avoided the war of distortion and denial, the world now should have been far better.