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That's Victor David Hanson:

We went 7,000 miles over to the ancient caliphate, and right in the heart of the autocratic Middle East. We're trying to make a democracy. We've lost 2,300 people, but that's about two weeks in Okinawa, and this country's been through a lot worse at Shiloh and Antietam, Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, the Yalu River, and we can win this, and we're not getting any oil, the price skyrocketed. We have the biggest, magnanimous foreign aid plant since the Marshall Plan, $87 billion dollars. We don't have anything to apologize for, and we're almost there. We've had three successful elections. We've dismantled a lot of al Qaeda. We have millions of people in Iraq who've pledged their lives to see this democracy work, and we're not going to stumble before the finish line. So stop it, and just get a grip on yourself.

Mostly I'd agree with him. There have been some ugly missteps, like Abu Ghraib, for which we should be apologetic. But he's mostly right.

Of course the opposing view is that we entered a war illegally, wasted people's lives, and squandered billions of dollars for nothing. You can almost feel the vibe that some people want Iraq to go ahead and start a civil war, just collapse, so we can pull our troops out and acknowledge it was doomed from the get go.

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