From the Washington Post (Jan-13, 2009):
President George W. Bush says history will be the final judge of the success, or lack thereof, of the Iraq War.Now, I believe that history will be the judge of this whole thing. I just hope this war comes to a conclusion sooner rather than later. Maybe Obama can help with that.
Bob Woodward, the investigative reporter who has authored four books on Bush's presidency, agrees that the legacy of the war has yet to be determined. He calls the conflict a "war of choice" that hasn't come to a conclusion.
"As we know the war is not over, 146,000 troops there, almost the same number of civilian contractors," Woodward said. "It is a massive land army presence in the heart of the Middle East. Gen. (David) Petraeus is keeping that large force there because he know it's not over, it's not stabilized."
Woodward said Bush's decision to invade Iraq in March 2003 was part of his "freedom agenda" and that the president believed he had "really pulled something off that was going to be important."