When Bush made that speech, 172 U.S. military personnel had been killed. By the time we got out, dragging our tails between our legs, the U.S. toll was 4486. Iraq Body Count estimated the toll among Iraqis over the next 9 years to be somewhere between 110,937-121,227 civilian deaths. They counted
Many estimates of civilian deaths were even higher.
There was a national election in Iraq on Wednesday. On Tuesday, bombs killed 24 people near Baghdad. Prime Minister Maliki has little to offer his long suffering people. But he promises to be strong. A strong man might look pretty good to Iraqis, especially the Shiite majority, these days. As of Wednesday night, my time, it looks as if the election was not much disrupted by violence. Good for the Iraqis -- but it remains unclear whether the society George W and his merry men tore apart can re-stabilize itself.