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'Conquest'?! You live in la la land.

No, I merely know the meaning of words.

Most Iraqi forces did not fight against the invasion force. They melted into the population, and are now fighting the real war.

The general population does not want us there and considers it OK to shoot an American. And it is happening.

Some 'conquest.'

That the plan ended with the fall of Baghdad doesn't change the reality of the conquest.

Nor does it change the reality of where the support for these "insurgents' is coming from.

And your argument is far too simplistic, though of course, being one of the "edushemated" ones you'd never admit that. You clearly don't recall the provocations of a couple of years ago that were intended to get the Sunnis and Shiites at each others throats, or else you think we were responsible for them.

We do deserve blame for not dealing adequately with that problem before it exploded. We also deserve blame for capturing the Iraqi army, then turning it loose (with weapons).

Basically, we blew the post-conquest occupation several different ways. But one of the biggest things we did wrong was failing to take Syria, and failing to face Iran down.

Had we done those things, the War on Terror would be in its end game now.

But we didn't. So the likely consequence is that the War on Terror will go nuclear within the next few years.

We'll win it then. But the price will be far, far higher than was ever needful and far, far higher than it would have been had we been sufficiently aggressive at an earlier time.
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