How The United States Lost The Second Iraq War

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How The United States Lost The Second Iraq War

We are losing Iraq for the same reason we lost Vietnam: we are fighting one war, while the insurgents fight another.

In September 2010, “I visited the troops in Ramadi, the scene of some of the most vicious fighting of the war.

“The reporters accompanying me asked if the war had been ‘worth it,’ and I responded – in ‘markedly anti-triumphal remarks,’ as they would write – that while our troops had accomplished something really quite extraordinary here, how it all weighs in the balance I think remains to be seen.

“It really requires a historian’s perspective in terms of what happens here in the long run.” —Robert F. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, “Duty.”

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