In this article, a professor at the Naval War College, lays out what most Americans already sense about the Iraq War: it is a disaster that could haunt America for decades. This is from the article:
At some point during the recriminations to come, let us hope the American people will seize the opportunity to ask themselves fundamental questions about the role and purpose of U.S. power in the world. How much influence can the United States have in the Middle East? Is its oil worth American blood and treasure? Might we not be better off just leaving the region alone?
Since the end of WWII, the US has never asked itself the question: what in the hell are we doing in the Middle East? It is past time for us to be asking that question. We seem to have a choice: either get serious about conserving oil and reducing our imports of oil or see our sons and daughters die in the sands of Arabia.