They don’t realize it yet, but these guys are on a path to make even Donny Rumsfeld and Tommy Franks look good—and you thought that was impossible.
…Look, can we stop pretending that George W Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of the administration was bad at fighting and winning a war? – Because, frankly, even a cursory reading of history will swiftly confirm that postwar Iraq and Afghanistan were actually handled a good deal more competently than the antiwar Left would care to admit. Especially since their guy turned a nation-state that was repairing itself into the battleground for a no-fooling Evil Empire* that conducts slave auctions.
No. No, that is the indigestible lump. That is an inexcusable thing. This has happened, and it is a clear demonstration of this administration’s studied incompetence in the fields of foreign policy, and post-war reconstruction. In other words: it is a failure, and there is no way to gild that lily.
*Empires are not, in fact, required to be large. They merely have to be states where one particular group is paramount, and the others are subservient.