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Better Off?

No, The World Isn’t Better Off Because Of The Iraq War by David Harsanyi.

In the past few weeks, a number of Republican presidential contenders have been asked about the Iraq War and offered a variety of unsatisfying answers. And in fairness to them, hypothetical questions about the Middle East are insane.

But, then again, so are hypothetical answers. And it seems that hawks are disinclined to admit that the Iraq invasion was a mistake because they feel it would be a repudiation of all future military action rather than simply a repudiation of this one conflict. And those still championing the Iraq War’s legacy offer a single basic argument: If we didn’t do it, the situation would have been a lot worse. For starters, this is as tenuous as any other counterfactual history.

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