I hope everyone blows out the candles and gets what they wish for on this, the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war.

I’m hoping we end the myth that debate about the war serves any real purpose. All it does is distract Americans from debate over other issues that might affect them more (not to diminish the terrible sacrifices made by many Americans during the war itself) and over which they might exercise greater control.

A war unleashes forces that no one can hope to tame, let alone predict. This one has been no exception.