The good doctor has done us a favor. In this oped inserted in the Post by his Flatheadian comrade (what an unfortunate word!), Frad Hiatt, he has finally explained to us in clear language what it is that "they" meant to do in Iraq. It did not "pan out" and so now "they" (and we) and the Iraqis will have to settle for mere reality. Dommage! (That’s french for Shucks!)
This must be very painful. The shattering of adolescent (read academic) dreams is always shattering. But, not to worry, there are always new worlds to conquer, new air strikes for other people to fly, more… Poor flatheads. It must be a terrible thing to have been mugged by several thousand years of history.
Surely not that, not history! That’s all in the past. pl