we used the military successfully to nation build after WWII. The current states of Germany and Japan are proof of that.<quoted text>
By the way, Galt supported a rapid strike into Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein and search for weapons, but not any long-term occupation.
Bush should have withdrawn from Iraq when that mission was accomplished.
The military is useful only to kill people and break things, not for nation-building.
taking out Saddam was a huge mistake. He kept that country peaceful and provided a deterrent to Iran's nuclear ambitions. The Sunni/Shia thing is thousands of years old. It takes a strong dictator using harsh methods to keep them from killing each other. Yugoslavia is a perfect example, when Tito was taken out of the picture look what happened.
President George H.W. Bush knew and understood this, that's why he didn't take him out.
There were plenty of people in the intel business that knew Saddam didn't have WMD's and if you knew where to look for them and how to recognize them, you could have read their reports. German, French, Italian, Russian and even MI6 knew Saddam didn't have any WMD's. Cheney skewed out intel to fit his agenda.