The same people who 12 years ago told us this will be quick, this will be easy, this will be inexpensive, they will see us as liberators, it’s the right thing to do, are now telling us: It’s the right thing to do. What’s the endgame? Who’s thought this through?
That’s the right question: What’s the endgame? Other good questions: Is the goal achievable through military force? Can we afford the expense, in blood and money?
Sure, letting Bagdhad fall to Islamicists is terrible. But propping up a corrupt, incompetent government doesn’t seem worth spilling blood. It also doesn’t seem worth spending billions of dollars that could be spent at home, improving roads and schools.
We don’t have a great track record fixing broken countries. We just bomb the shit out of them. If you think that makes them better, try this experiment: Is your house messy? Are you overwhelmed by the clutter and dirt? Here’s a fix: Burn down the house with all your possessions and pets inside and your children asleep in their beds. Are you better off now than you were before?