In hindsight, SecDef Rumsfeld surrendered to the Iraq insurrection way back, when just after the US reached Baghdad and the looting started, he said “Stuff happens.” That was the beginning of the end. The US should have cracked down right then, hard. Our failure to do so was a sign of weakness that led us to the morass we are in today.
When we heard about what was going on then — looting antiquities, burning files in ministries, stealing office equipment — it didn’t sound right. The invasion should have been accompanied by law and order. Instead, law and order broke down right away. And it’s only been getting worse since then. What was anybody in power thinking when that happened? We were supposed to be introducing democracy. Democracy doesn’t look like anarchy. The generals, Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney, they all should have known that something was wrong. The mission had not been accomplished.