As we look back at 5 years of Operation Cakewalk to Freedom and all the progress that has been made as the Surge provides levels of stability that allow the Iraqi government to disintegrate in relative peace, it is good to remind ourselves of who planned it, cajoled people to get behind it and how life has rewarded them for their brilliance. 

This is my favorite quote about the war.  It sums up everything that Paul Wolfowitz, neo-conservative thought and the meritocracy that is America  mean to me.  If only there were a Nobel Prize for prognostication

 “There is a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people. We are talking about a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.”

– Paul “Did-I-Really-Say-That-Out-Loud?” Wolfowitz, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, testifying before the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, 3/27/03 

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