It doesn't matter how you feel about Iraq. We have to learn to fight this type of war. Because wherever we go, it waits for us.
In the coldest possible calculation, Iraq is a school for that, for our young platoon leaders and pilots.
True. Christopher Hitchens has also expressed the same thoughts on many occasions. We are in the learning stage of this war. In a sense it's a stretched version of the year 1942 for the Americans.
Of course, anti-war folks are horrified by these words, "We're in training? You mean the US will fight many more wars in the near future!"
The US doesn't have a choice.