They tried to warn the Boy Emperor, the one who brooks no disagreement. One hundred forty thousand U.S. personnel, however superbly trained, would not be sufficient to maintain civil order in one of the world's most violent and religiously divided regions. Those who warned of this were dismissed, like General Shinseki, ignored, or called traitors by Bush, Cheney, and a howling corps of right wing thugs on cable television and hate radio. Now, the worst seems to be emerging in Iraq, a full scale civil war with execution style murders and all the rest. (Juan Cole has more grisly details if you're interested.)
Stupid bastards. They only listen to people who tell them what they want to hear. They ignore informed warnings, warnings based on deep knowledge and long experience. They plunge forward, blindly, ignorantly, recklessly, idiotically. Could they have a made a worse mess of things? No. Is this the last of the disasters Iraq will face? No. Is Iran next?
Watch this space.