In this article on Foreign Policy, Thomas E. Ricks agrees that the war in Iraq is finally over. Yet, the winner, isn't the United States. Or even Iraq, for that matter.
The real winner out of all this, explains Mr. Ricks, is actually Iran. And he makes for a compelling argument.
Iran sat patiently on its hands while the United States hacked away at its two major enemies, Saddam, and the Taliban, clearing both its east and west borders at no cost to Tehran. (Iran apparently reached out to the U.S. government in 2003, seeking some sort of diplomatic relationship but, after being rebuffed by the engorged Bush Administration, decided to wait and watch the quagmire envelope America). The long slog both wars morphed into dulled even the reliably bloodthirsty American public's taste for another war, and cooled off plans in Tel Aviv and Washington for airstrikes against Iran's nukes (if Cheney couldn't edge the United States into that fight, who can?).
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