"Failure in Iraq at this juncture would be a calamity that would haunt our nation, impair our credibility and endanger Americans for decades to come." - Robert Gates, Defense Secretary.
Which means that George W. Bush placed the United States in the way of CALAMITY by choosing to invade Iraq.
Potential gain: ZERO.
Potential loss: EVERYTHING.
And the idiot apparently STILL thinks that was a smart gamble.