American overthrew the Taliban and the Baathists practically overnight. Both efforts required, barely a fraction of the military budget, let alone the total budget. Some people will suggest these are unsuccessful wars because America is still there, but America is still in Germany and Japan as well. America won these wars easily and would win in Iran too, but the goal of these wars is never rebuilding them shinier than they were before. The goal should certainly never have been peaceful democratic states because democracy allows people to choose their own paths and Arabs have a tradition of choosing Jihad. It does not matter whether or not Iraq is inhabitable when the dust settles and Iran would really be better off uninhabitable anyway. America should have taken care of Iraq decades ago just because of the atrocities and don’t confuse some guy getting his wiener laughed at for an atrocity. Atrocity was when the Baathist Police Chop Up Your Family and Throw Them Off a Tower.
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Mideast "quartet" will prepare report on peace prospects, resumption of talks (AP)