The Iraq war was not misbegotten. It resulted in the destruction of the brutal and hostile Saddam regime, which sent bounties to the families of suicide bombers, fed its political enemies through wood chippers, operated rape rooms, and opposed the US at every turn. Saddam and his equally horrible sons are gone. Kurds and Shiites who faced poison gas and forced resettlements are secure in their homes again. And the Iraqi government now is one that is at least by Arab standards friendly to the US. The mistake was not going in there; there were miscalculations after the military victory that led to our being there about five years longer than should have been necessary.