"Is the Iraq war to blame for the mess we are in?"
YES!!! Finally, a Con gets it. I've been telling you people this for years.
"Whatever defenses there may be for the Iraq war, it was a staggering political disaster for the Republican Party"
There were no defenses. It was based on lies. It was a HUGE blunder, militarily and politically. The Mistake of the Century.
"Is that fair?"
Yeah. It's fair. It's too NICE.