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What We Are Leaving Behind in Iraq

If you're going to go to war to create democracy, it would seem important to end up creating democracy, real democracy.  The ultimate objective should be a liberal society, of which regular elections are but one part.  Unfortunately, Iraq looks like it may become a democracy of a decidedly illiberal sort.  With American troops slated to come home at the end of the year, it's worth reflecting on what George W. Bush's war wrought.  And no one is saying "heck 'uva job, George"!

Forget the 4500 dead Americans, along with tens of thousands wounded and maimed.  Never mind the 200,000 or so dead Iraqis, plus hundreds of thousands more wounded and millions driven from their homes.

Just look at the "democracy" being created.

Reports National Journal:

After eight years of war, nearly 4,500 U.S. military dead, and more than $2 trillion spent, Americans rightly wonder what they will be leaving behind in Iraq. The country is more peaceful now than at any point since the 2003 invasion. Baghdad’s restaurants and riverside caf


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