I recall reassuring myself before the invasion that one of the reasons we would win over the Iraqi people was that we were planning to bribe them with massive infrastructure investment and reconstruction. How could they resent that? Once again, I didn't count on the fathomless incompetence of the Bush administration. If someone had told you before the war that, three years later, electricity would be below pre-war levels and oil production held hostage by Jihadists, would you say that freedom had been on the march? Or just chaos?

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