People actually think it is necessary to say the Iraq war wasn’t worth it.

Whatever the benefits of the war, skeptics argue, they are too meager to justify the costs: more than 150,000 Iraqis and 4,488 American service members killed, and an estimated cost of nearly $1 trillion not including long-term health and disability costs for some 32,000 wounded US soldiers.CommentsPerhaps this balance sheet will look different a decade from now, but at this point most Americans have concluded that the skeptics are right, and that thinking has influenced current US foreign policy.

via The Iraq War Ten Years Later by Joseph S. Nye – Project Syndicate.