It's Saddam's fault that the country is bereft of social capital. He killed every free and critical thinker that dared say anything he didn't like. That's why Iraq is a failed state today; not because dictatorship is better than fledgling democracy but because Saddam killed all the social capital. It will take a generation or two (barring immigration) for that social capital to be at a reasonable level.
As a democrat, one would think you'd be familiar with the "prior administration" excuse.