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    in both cases.  There was no case for intervention in Iraq once one got past WMD.  The United States does not have a legitimate right to overthrow sovereign governments that do not threaten it.  This is the bedrock of whatever degree of international stability we have.  The Neocons believe that the United States is so strong that it doesn't have to worry about the balance of power.  So did Hitler; so did Napoleon.  We know what happened to them.  It would be nice if democracy were established in Iraq; it would also be nice if the United States had a decent system of health care and social insurance for the poor.  There are a lot of nice things to want.  That doesn't make them doable.

    The invasion of Iraq is the greatest disaster in American history since the ill-fated attempt to conquer Canada in 1812.  We got beat badly by the British.  And we survived.  We will survive getting beat in Iraq, too.  But what a waste.

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