Who would have guessed this is where we’d be in 2006?
I know many reasons why we couldn’t have gone all the way to Baghdad in 1991, but aren’t those largely the same reasons why we couldn’t invade Iraq in 2003? In a lot of ways, the current campaign in Iraq is nothing more than the 1991 war restarted after a twelve-year time out.
If, for some reason, we had gone all the way in 1991, would 2006 Iraq have looked like what 2018 Iraq is going to look like? Did we just squander a dozen years? Did it take 9/11 to “change” things enough to restart?
I know we were hoping that Saddam’s regime would fall from within, but we did little to help things along and we royally screwed over those who hoped to do what we wanted them to.
One thing’s for sure. There would have been an awful lot more troops on the ground in 1991.