John Hannah, who ran Dick Cheney's national security operation --
With a very real prospect in the not-too-distant future of rivaling Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer, Iraq has the potential to one day emerge as the economic and military powerhouse of the Arab Middle East — and, if we play our cards right, a central pillar in America’s strategy to fight and win the long war against violent Islamist extremism. In short, this is a relationship very much worth investing in — even as America’s combat presence declines.
It sounds so simple. What could possibly go wrong? It's not like this is an ambitious venture like expanding healthcare access, after all.