Some thought, but ruined by a misunderstanding that created this mess. You forgot the 9/11/2001 attacks and the need to protect America. There WERE WMD found in Iraq. Iraq provided a magnet to draw terrorists with the desire and financial support to rid the region of the 'great Satan.' The terrorist groups spent their capital (manpower and funds) sending people to (and dying in) Iraq. They expended so much effort there there was much less concentration on attacking American interests elsewhere. That part worked. We got them to spend their capital and we eliminated their most fanatical suicide terrorists by drawing them to Iraq, where we owned the sky, the ground and the night.