Twenty years ago, a U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq with the stated aims of disarming Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, stopping his support for Al-Qaeda, and liberating the Iraqi people. The war turned out to be an epochal failure, as this magazine warned, Cassandra-like, at the time. So naturally, the warmaker-in-chief, George W. Bush, now basks in the media glow of a “responsible” wise man, while the antiwar Donald Trump is facing a criminal indictment.

Let us briefly recount the consequences of Bush’s war. Several thousand U.S. service members were killed, while Iraqi casualties numbered in the hundreds of thousands. The war cost the American taxpayer $3 trillion, or about $9,000 per citizen. No WMD were found. And the Saddam-Al-Qaeda connection—“deep, long-lasting, and far-reaching,” according to Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, writing in The Weekly Standard—turned out to be fake news.


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