The topic is Iraq. I'm not sure exactly how to frame this...what I'd like to know is how conservatives understand what's happened in Iraq. Was it a foolish neo-con adventure that "real" conservatives would never have done? A flat-out victory? A defeat? A very costly misstep that nevertheless delivered some real benefits for the US? Do you think it would have been a victory, but for the meddling of liberal in 2007 who pushed George W. Bush to commit to leaving too soon, or but for something that Barack Obama has done wrong since then? Do you think that Bush's actions in 2007-2008 were part of his plan all along? Was it good for the Iraqi people? Bad for the Iraqi people? Was the invasion a correct decision, badly executed? A poor choice regardless of how it was executed?
I pretty much know the liberal understanding of Iraq. I also know the "realist" conservative critique of Iraq, although I don't know how widespread it is among those who think of themselves as conservatives. What I'm a lot murkier on is how mainstream conservatives think of Iraq at this point. So, here's your chance: tell me what you think happened there.