I for one believe that going into Iraq was the right thing to do at the time. It's a maddening position to take when it seems both Bush bashers and supporters alike have been struck with a bad case of amnesia. The popular narrative is that Bush lied to get us into war and everyone bought it. Well the fact is, there was a slue of bipartisan support for our going into Iraq and it was not based solely on US Intelligence.
I could address individually all the talking points about the war that we're all sick of; yellow cake uranium that didn't exists, Haliburton's exemption from the bidding process, soldiers getting electrocuted due to faulty wiring in US barracks...the list of fuck ups goes on and on.
But at the top of the fuck up list is Paul Bremmer. Bush put him in charge to rebuild Iraq and the first thing he did was to dismantle the Bathists party which in turn left no one to run the infrastructure of the country.
Here's what we DID do right:
For starters the war ended the almost decade long Iraqi sanctions that were in place throughout Clinton's 8 years. The Iraqis weren't allowed basic supplies such as band aids and antiseptics. The World Health Organization estimates that over 500 thousand women and children died as a direct result of the sanctions.
For this reason alone, I contend that the war was a just war. And regardless of its outcome, which went from bad to worse thanks to Obama, symbolically it was the right thing to do.