The Middle East is a boneyard for the ambitious

If you can remember that far back, before the invasion of Iraq, Dick Cheney and friends were arrogantly sure that the cost of the war would be minimal, we would win hands down and Iraq’s oil revenue would fund reconstruction efforts – it would virtually be a no-cost war, one that paid for itself.

Then reality met fantasy and, as usual, reality prevailed.

Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer, an unintended consequence of our folly.

Americans would do well to reflect back on 2002, as former wannabe president and current United States Sen. John McCain continues to stir the stew of war in the Middle East, advocating American involvement in Syria.

The region is a boneyard for the ambitious, beginning with Charlemagne and ending (so far) with George W. Bush.

Been there, done that.

David L. Florence