I favored George W. Bush's plan to topple Saddam Hussein and lay the foundations for democracy in Iraq. Knowing what I knew about Saddam's sadistic regime, I could not do otherwise. I still hold out hope that it will prove to have been for the best, although prospects do not look very bright these days. But Bush made it clear from the outset that he did not intend to "replace one dictator with another."
How different is the situation in Syria. If almost a decade of determined and well-intentioned (if often inept) attempts to build liberal democracy in Iraq produced such dubious results, what outcome can we expect from a CIA-aided coup by militias we know nothing of, save that they are certain to be under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda?