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The "Iraq was a Success" myth is a twofer: a way to attack Obama as well as a way to relieve the mountain of cognitive dissonance that comes from having thought the invasion of Iraq was a swell idea but then seeing the violent mess that resulted from the invasion.
It is remarkable how much purveyors of the myth express it in terms that are so patently divorced from reality.
The number of Iraqis killed in the continuing civil war in the year 2009 was around 5,000—which by way of comparison is more than the total number of U.S. troops killed there in eight and a half years of war, Iraq's troubles are a direct consequence of the U.S. invasion.
No one perpetuating "Iraq was a Success" myths explains why there should be any reason to expect that keeping ten thousand or fifteen thousand U.S. troops in Iraq for however long they would be there could have accomplished what 160,000 troops and more than eight years of war did not.