clifnotes to senator lugar’s iraq war speech

Lugar: The United States has violated some basic national security precepts during our military engagement in Iraq. We have overestimated what the military can achieve, we have set goals that are unrealistic, and we have inadequately factored in the broader regional consequences of our actions. Perhaps most critically, our focus on Iraq has diverted us from opportunities to change the world in directions that strengthen our national security.

Translation: This has been a fiasco. And if you think you’re going to have an Iraq redux in Iran, Mr. President, think again.

 …more from ForeignPolicy Passport

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