Churchill, Iraq, etc.

The President announced recently that all[*] US military personnel will leave Iraq by year’s end. That’s good news, but – as so many have pointed out – we never should have been there in the first place.

Reading the (grandiosely-titled) White House blog post, President Obama Has Ended the War in Iraq, I thought of something Winston Churchill said after Dunkirk:

We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory.

The analogy isn’t perfect – analogies never are – but leaving Iraq definitely feels more like a deliverance than a victory.

(If we’d stayed out of Iraq, would Saddam Hussein still be in power? Or would the so-called Arab Spring have toppled him as well?)

[*] Except for the ones who are staying.