[LINK] Nicholas @ Murdoc Online
We can (and have, and will) argue about why we attacked Iraq; but the campaign patch shown at Murdoc Online clearly shows the strategic brilliance in establishing a country with good diplomatic relations right in the heart of the badlands of Islamic terrorism.
With a lot of planning and good execution, and more than a little luck, Iraq will stabilize as a wealthy oil producing nation by 2008, and the US will be allowed to maintain about 50K troops in remote bases (now being constructed), to respond as necessary anywhere in the region (supported by a strong naval presence). Having strong embassy ties with the country with the world's third largest proven oil reserves has it's advantages, as well.
In terms of the overall War on Terror (WWIV), it was a stroke of genius. Like the British guy in the beer ad says: "Brilliant!" (Of course, a brilliant idea only yields a brilliant result if it is successfully implemented. The trends look good, but we're not there yet.)
OBL can forget about driving us out, as he says in his latest video clip. He came over here trashing our neighborhood, and now we're in his, for as long as he and those of his ilk continue to terrorize the World.