Lessons Learned in Iraq, Forgotten in Syria

A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter rides a vehicle in Baghouz, Syria, February 18, 2019 (Rodi Said/Reuters)
The two nations are a lot more similar in their social and political troubles than some analysts in Washington want you to believe.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S eventeen years on, we have some idea of why the Iraq War was such a disaster. The reasons for failure have been debated over and over in the media, in academia, and by politicians. A narrative has emerged that identifies many of the major mistakes made before and during the war. Meanwhile, advocates for intervention in the Syrian conflict have made a case that is disconnected entirely from the emerging consensus over what went wrong in Iraq. The manner in which many advocates of the Iraq War, and even some of its opponents, argued for intervention in Syria suggested they

Sam Sweeney is a writer and translator based in the Middle East.

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