1. Hindsight

    Bacevich: Out of Iraq, Out of the Lead

    US soldiers board the last C17 aircraft carrying US troops out of Iraq at US Camp Adder on the outskirts of the southern city of Nasiriyah on December 17, 2011. The last US forces left Iraq and entered Kuwait, nearly nine years after launching a divisive war to oust Saddam Hussein, and just as the oil-rich country grapples with renewed political deadlock. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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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."

    Read it at The Washington Post