Nothing was learned from the deceit of America about Iraq in 2002 and 2003, not even after 18 years. It’s as if nobody even cares. Not only no apology, and no restitution, but no concern. It is outright psychopathic.
U.S. foreign aid has long fueled the poxes it promised to eradicate — especially kleptocracy, or government by thieves.
Conservatism per se does not change, on principle it does not throw the baby out with the bathwater. In order to learn the lessons of the Iraq War, we need to distinguish the baby from the bathwater—that is the struggle.
One aspect of the American heavy footprint that is little noted is the ruin of many formerly functioning countries that it brings with it.