Iraq Before and After Bush's Nation Building Effort
Before: Iraq was a functioning country.
After: Iraq is in ruins, much of its infrastructure wiped out
Before: Iraq pumped oil
After: Iraq doesn't and we have paid for that at the pump ever since
Before: Iraq was ruled by a secular leader
After: The US installed a Shiite puppet while verbally fighting Shiites in Iran
Before: Religious freedom was the norm. Catholics, Sunnis, Shiites all got along, not perfectly but acceptably
After: People are killed every day for their religious beliefs. Catholics are persecuted.
Before: Women had relative freedom
After: Women are likely to be shot in some cities if they do not cover their faces
Before: Al Qaeda was not in Iraq. Hussein wanted nothing to do with religious zealots.
After. Al Qaeda is in control of several cities
Before: Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
After: Quite possibly they exist in Iraq now.
Before: Iraq military was in control.
After: Iraq in open civil war, splintered into several pieces, each controlled by a different faction
Before: Iraq was no terrorist threat.
After: It sure is now.
Before: US has no embassy in Iraq.
After: US's largest embassy in the world is in Iraq
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