In the lead-up to the war in Iraq, President George W. Bush made
a promise. “The Iraqi people can be certain of this,” he said. “The
United States is committed to helping them build a better future.” A
decade later, his successor, Barack Obama, seemed to suggest the U.S.
had kept its end of the bargain. On the 10th anniversary of the
invasion, he lauded U.S. troops who, he insisted, gave the Iraqi people "an opportunity to forge their own future after many years of hardship."
A promise made, a promised kept. Mission accomplished, right?