The point is it's a war. Sorry if dealing with guns, roadside bombs hid in dead animal carcases, suicide bombers, etc. is a little more dangerous than driving to work in the morning.<quoted text>
You're omitting the fact that there are only 100 some thousand troops in Iraq, and over 300 million people here.
.00001%* is the monthly death rate auto accidents here
.0001%* is your 20/month death rate on 150,000
(*more zeros are better, in case you weren't sure about that)
The commander and chief admitted it was a mistake. It was a mistake. That said, how can anyone else claim otherwise? What else do you need???
The point is the same--for what we are are up against, we've done a phenomenal job and, thank God, we've lost far fewer troops than many estimated given the circumstances. With Iraq, we took the war on their soil, we virtually demolished al-Qaeda's entire network, we wiped out almost every one of their top leaders, we foiled COUNTLESS plans for terrorist attacks, and we destroyed the military epicenter of a warped culture bent of killing anyone not of their religion. In the meantime, we got rid of an evil dictator, we freed millions of people, and we're helping establish democracy in a region that many historians said would never have democracy.
What mistake did the commander in chief admit? It wasn't that we should have never gone into Iraq. There were mistakes made going into Iraq, so I do need more.
We didn't calculate what we would face after ousting Saddam, nor did anyone else. If you recall, we supplied our troops with gas masks and suits, thinking we might face a chemical attack that could have wiped out tens of thousands. We didn't, and the people saying this would happen were wrong. There were miscalculations all over the board from all levels.
Had we had all the correct information prior to going into Iraq, maybe we would not have invaded...we don't know that. But I do not believe we know all the information to this day, like the trucks going into Syria, what they were carrying, and where it went (the evidence suggests it was WMDs, or at least supplies to make them, and that explains the foiled plan from Syria of using 20 tons of chemical WMDs to attack Jordan...Syria is not believed to possess the capabilities of creating the amount of chemical WMDs discovered in foiling this plan).
The bottom line is both Iraq and the world are better off as result of what we did.