A final lesson is the benefit of persistence. Bush made a disastrous mistake invading Iraq in 2003. But having busted up the country, he tried his best to clean up the mess. By checking the spiraling sectarian killing, the surge of U.S. troops led by Bush and Gen. David Petraeus saved thousands of Iraqi lives. It’s one thing Americans did right in this painful story.
You can, if you can stomach it, note that in the preceding paragraphs of his article Ignatius talks about all the strategic errors, but until that last paragraph NEVER discusses ALL OF THE DEATH Bush's Iraq disaster caused. And even in that last paragraph it's not about deaths, it's about "lives saved". Fucking Hell!
Those "thousands of lives" saved ONLY needed saving because we had already caused events which led to the deaths of tens if not hundreds of thousands.
It's a bit like having a guy shoot the mother, father, and two children in the family, but decide they won't shoot the last surviving child so thanks for being really really horrible, but not really really really horrible.
Oh and the premise of the last paragraph is, like Ignatius THROUGHOUT the build up and then the occupation, WRONG! As his Washington Post colleague Rajiv Chandrasekaran wrote just a few days ago -- maybe Ignatius should read it?