A couple of hard-to-argue observations:
Bush removed Saddam
Saddam was the force that kept extremism down
The entire region is worse off than before Bush invaded
The lesson is elegant in its simplicity:
Any that any country that still has a dictator is, by definition, not ready to have it removed for them.
When we forget this, bad and unexpected things happen. The current incarnation of this is ISIS, which simply would not have been possible in Saddam’s Iraq.
I did actually create the caption for this post. I’m not just hosting it for no reason.
@marginal_error opines that this is quite symmetrical, since we created Saddam.