We spent billions of dollars, tens of thousands of lives, hundreds of thousands of arms, legs, lungs and eyes (and yes, I actually DO have the nerve to count the Iraqi dead among the losses), and to do WHAT? Give Iran a new ally in the Middle East and install an Islamic Theocracy.
When the Bush administration decided to invade Iraq two years ago, it envisioned a quick handover to handpicked allies in a secular government that would be the antithesis of Iran's theocracy -- potentially even a foil to Tehran's regional ambitions.
But, in one of the greatest ironies of the U.S. intervention, Iraqis instead went to the polls and elected a government with a strong religious base -- and very close ties to the Islamic republic next door. It is the last thing the administration expected from its costly Iraq policy -- $300 billion and counting, U.S. and regional analysts say.
Here's the graphic from the Washington Post:
See the guy on the bottom? That's the guy Bush wanted to win. See the guy on the top? That's Iran's closest ally in Iraq.
I love this quote from the article:
Added Rami Khouri, Arab analyst and editor of Beirut's Daily Star: "The idea that the United States would get a quick, stable, prosperous, pro-American and pro-Israel Iraq has not happened. Most of the neoconservative assumptions about what would happen have proven false."
Correction: Every damned ONE of them has proven false, and these clowns STILL refuse to admit that they ever made a mistake in their whole, error-ridden lives.