Bad as Iraq may look now, it is nothing to what it would have become without the steadying influence of coalition forces. None of the many blunders in postwar planning make any essential difference to that conclusion. Indeed, by drawing attention to the ruined condition of the Iraqi society and its infrastructure, they serve to reinforce the point.Uh, the infrastructure wasn't helped by the fact that we blew it up. You remember. That business with all the bombs.
Do not look to the man with the bottle in his hand for a definition of the term "steadying influence."
See: wet brain
Update: I see Roger is already on this. He, of course, has the superior snark.