We are four years into the Iraq War — five years into our response to 9/11.
We cannot possibly lose. Our enemies cannot possibly win.
Baghdad, the ancient capital of the Sunni Arabs — the old Caliphate. Remember the Empires it has resisted.
The Mongols captured it, but failed to hold it. The city was Sunni Arab before the Mongols, and was Sunni Arab after them. The last Mongol Emperor fell in 1368. Their conquerers, the Ming, fell in 1644.
Osama bin Laden showed the world what the Sunni Arabs could accomplish, at the price of a few thousand American lives. He can destroy a few very nice buildings and alter the skyline of New York City. He can decrease national GDP by, say, .1% in a quarter.
George W. Bush showed the Sunni Arabs what he could accomplish, at the price of a few thousand American lives. Sunni Arab Baghdad is gone, forever. He gave it to their greatest enemies, the partisans of Ali.
The Byzantine Emperor, in all his glory, could not do that.
The Mongol Horde, in all their glory, could not do that.
But Bush did it, all while amusing himself by putting the Shia’s sponsor — Iran — on the defensive. Bush did it while proving the Shia themselves were powerless.
Imagine if Stalin had not stopped at Prussia, but had cleared Vienna of German domination, forever.
That is the scale of Bush’s work in Iraq.
The world will remember the Iraq War for a thousand years.