I am amazed by the constant criticism of our president and the Iraq war by many people who are just repeating stories originated by those who have never been to Iraq or any other Mideast country.
To keep Iraq in perspective, it was a Third World country, poorly run by a dictator and a tyrant. All of the evidence points to a suppressed population with no economy, a minimum of infrastructure, controlled press and television. We hear reports of our failure to restore electrical power, water and other services. Iraq never had ample infrastructure before we arrived, so how can we be expected to restore something that was never there? Pictures on television show an early-1940s electrical system.
I lived in Cairo, Egypt, for more than two years, and with all of the money we have poured into that country, $2 billion-plus a year for the last 20 years, or more than $40 billion, it is still a Third World country. I was involved with people from all walks of life, including the poorest to the government ministers. I traveled the country and observed places tourists will never see, including their jails. I do not believe the United Nations can do any better job than the United States, and do not forget the United Nations has little or no financial resources. Who will pay? Also, do not look for Iraq to become a democracy since Islam is not compatible with democracy. Probably, free elections and improved conditions are the most to be expected.