The following is a comparison of the 1994 Balkan Intervention under Bill Clinton and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq under George W. Bush.
Source: War in the 21st Century by David Brin
||WAR IN IRAQ
|A brutal dictator toppled.
||A brutal dictator toppled.
|No American lives lost.
||1000+ American lives lost, and more to come.
|Competent aftermath; rapid economic & social recoveries.
||Incompetent aftermath; Iraq falls to resentful ruin.
|A Western Alliance strengthened.
||A Western Alliance in shambles.
|Intervention justified on its merits.
||Lies, damned lies and Tonkin Gulf-level lies.
|Readiness levels preserved.
||Plummeting readiness: a military used-up.
|American consensus preserved.
||America bitterly divided & weakened.
|World acceptance of US moral leadership increased.
||World acceptance of US moral leadership nosedives.
|Credibility & friendships in the Muslim world increased.
||Saudi-financed pan-Islamic coalescence into Jihad.
|Success; Europe at peace after 4,000 years.
||Failure; we repeat every insanity of Vietnam.