On not learning from experience: US decides to wade into yet another war

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Kevin Drum has a post nicely summarized in its title: “Since 9/11, We’ve Had 4 Wars in the Middle East. They’ve All Been Disasters.” The post begins:

So here’s my scorecard for American military interventions since 2000:

  • Afghanistan: A disaster. It’s arguable that Afghanistan is no worse off than it was in 2001, but after losing thousands of American lives and spending a trillion American dollars, it’s no better off either.
  • Iraq: An even bigger disaster. Saddam Hussein was a uniquely vicious dictator, but even at that there’s not much question that Iraq is worse off than it was in 2003. We got rid of Saddam, but got a dysfunctional sectarian government and ISIS in return.
  • Yemen: Yet another disaster. After years of drone warfare, Houthi rebels have taken over the…

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