The “Pottery Barn Rule” is not “if you break it, you fix it.” It’s “if you break it, you own it.”
That may mean you live with a broken tea pot – maybe even one you never can fix.
We can’t guarantee that we will see Iraq transformed into Switzerland. We can guarantee – I hope – that we’ll kill every Jihadi and Ba’athist terrorist in Iraq, and that we’ll give the millions decent Iraqis a fighting chance to build themselves a decent society, an unbroken society. They’ve never had an unbroken society in their lives.