In all the excitement surrounding Osama bin Laden’s death almost 10 years after the attacks on the Twin Towers, history reminds us that he was hardly a target for the Bush administration when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001. (more)
Before the invasion of Iraq, Gen. Tommy Franks gathered with his top advisers to review their plans. The recently released slides from that meeting offer an insight into the startling optimism of the men who designed the war. Four years post-invasion, the commanders expected Iraq to have a fully representative government, a functioning army and as few as 5,000 U.S. troops. Whoops!