What if we had never gone into Iraq?

What if, in that time, Iraq continued to pose no immediate threat?

What if, regardless of us not being in Iraq, Iran went ahead with its nuclear program?

Would we be in a better position to confront Iran?
Would we hold more authority with our allies and semi-allies?
Would the American people be more amenable to military action?
Would Iran be treating the West like we don’t have the will to stop them?

What if the greatest mistake of Iraq is that it’s made it much, much harder to adequately confront the graver, more imminent threat of Iran?

I don’t actually know the answer to any of that. It’s foolish to assume foreign affairs is a simple matter. Oftentimes, all choices lead to poor ends. But I just can’t help but wonder if we shot our bolt at the wrong target.

Politics A Few “What Ifs…”