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Defining Policy Failure

Philip Bobbitt
Board of Contributors
Feb 10, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
U.S marines and Iraqis are seen on April 9, 2003 as the statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is toppled at al-Fardous square in Baghdad, Iraq. The third year anniversary since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein will be marked on April 9, 2006 amidst continued unrest in Iraq, where over 30, 000 civilians have been reported to be killed since the start of the war.

U.S marines and Iraqis are seen on April 9, 2003 as the statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is toppled at al-Fardous square in Baghdad, Iraq. The third year anniversary since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein will be marked on April 9, 2006 amidst continued unrest in Iraq, where over 30, 000 civilians have been reported to be killed since the start of the war.

(WATHIQ KHUZAIE/Getty Images)

We don't know exactly how the world would look if Saddam Hussein were still in power in Iraq, nor do we know know if the Gadhafi regime would be in power today in a peaceful Libya had the United States not joined Britain and France in providing air cover for Benghazi. What we do know has been pithily expressed by Tony Blair: "We've tried intervention and putting down troops in Iraq. We've tried intervention without putting in troops in Libya. And we've tried no intervention at all but demanding regime change in Syria."...

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