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Column: David Ignatius on the hard lessons of Iraq

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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON -- Ten years ago this month, I was covering the U.S. military as it began its assault on Iraq. As I read back over my clips, I see a few useful warnings about the difficulties ahead. But I owe readers an apology for being wrong on the overriding question of whether the war made sense.

Invading Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein a decade ago was one of the biggest strategic errors in modern American history. We'll never know whether the story might have been different if better planning had been done for "the day after," or the Iraqi army hadn't been disbanded, or several other "ifs." But the abiding truth is that America shouldn't have rolled the dice this way on a war of choice.

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