About half or more of the top Al Qaeda leadership was either dead or captured before "Hussein" took office. And it is hard to come up with words that quite cover your goofy claim that AL Qaeda is not a problem anymore. That kind of asinine thinking by Obama after OBL was killed is why we are now fighting two extremely dangerous offshoots of Al Qaeda as well as Al Qaeda itself.Bush, May 5, 2003: Al Qaeda is on the run. That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly, but surely being decimated. Right now, about half of all the top al Qaeda operatives are either jailed or dead. In either case, they’re not a problem anymore.
ToThe one thing that most wise adults learned from the History of WW2 is that if you isolate yourself from the rest of the world's battles, those battles eventually make it to your shores. I would rather fight terrorism abroad then on the streets in US cities.your last point. we can still monitor and intel share. We can improve our defense here at home without killing innocent civilians and creating new enemies.
My point is we were not in a political position at the time under Bush 43 or Obama to completely dictate terms of our occupation of Iraq, that is another sounds nice but absent of reality comment you have made. Typical handling of nations where a government is removed then and now is not the same, in some ways that is a problem but is reality.