Violence has killed 2,500 since April in Iraq, according to the UN. Remember that one? Former Bush-era state department official James Clad has written a detailed and sobering account of the missed chances in the first weeks of the Iraq invasion in 2003, concluding:-
One lesson looms large: the harder a place, the shorter the Golden Hour. No supine or subject people squirmed under our boot in Iraq. None do in Afghanistan. Acting as if we were overlords, we quickly showed our ignorance of Iraqi history and culture. Our invasion excised a tyranny of quite unbelievable sadism, replacing it with mere incompetence and a vacuum of authority that neither we nor the Iraqis could fill. Nor have they done so in the ten years since we shot our way into town.