Hindsight

Bacevich: Out of Iraq, Out of the Lead

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As pundits reach for meaning of the end of the Iraq war, foreign affairs scholar Andrew J. Bachevich writes in the Washington Post that it should be seen as the official end of U.S. global dominance. Overly hubristic about its way of live and intent on exporting it, America marched on a fool's errand that left it forever discredited in front of the world it once led. "The beliefs to which the end of the Cold War gave rise—liberal democracy triumphant, globalization as the next big thing and American dominion affirmed by a new way of war—have all come to rest in that unmarked grave reserved for failed ideas."