Iraq War verdict:
It seems probable that violence will decline in Iraq and it will slide toward a sullen and weak governance. This is not surprising, because given enough time - on the order of several years - a stronger force (the U.S.) can exhaust a rebellion. That's almost certainly what Cheney was hoping for and what Bush now sees as vindication.
But what will history record about this adventure? There were objectives not met
because they were never there to begin with:
- Eliminating WMD from Iraq.
- Severing an operating relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda
What was accomplished was pretty much one thing:
- Removal of the dictator Saddam Hussein
And the question to be asked is, "Was it worth a trillion dollars for that?"
Expect the verdict of history to be no
The question to be asked is will Bush be prosecuted for war crimes. It is a violation of international law to just attack a country because you want to "achieve objectives." There was no legitimate, legal or logical reason to attack Iraq. Bush needs to go to jail.