Invading Iraq in 2003 was "the biggest diplomatic error" in our lifetimes, says an editorial in the Financial Times today.
"The invasion was arguably the biggest diplomatic error of the post-second world war period."
It cost lives, money, and trust. It drew attention away from trying to track down perpetrators of the September 11 attack, who were hiding in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
It confirmed everything Al Qaeda had been saying about the US.
It was a proud, imperial act--and its impact on lives and on the US economy will last for decades.