Thank you for correcting me , as it was the Korean war era that we started acquiring the 'policeman' moniker. Wilsom started us in some other vein , and for the life of me(and too much scotch) I am certainly confusing the 2....Whilst I agree with your opining concerning US intervention in Iraq , I also see the need to see through the peace process we have tried to set in motion. Not to sound too extreme , but if I had captured Saddam , he would not be breathing any more of our air today. Whilst I think there have been mistakes made along the way , there always are and will be. Iraq was a big geo-political gamble for the Bush administration , and if we are able to make it pay off , we will reshape the whole middle east. I re-iterate , in contrast to other wars this was a splendid military success.