Since World War II, American political leaders have shown themselves to be much better at starting wars than ending them satisfactorily. For example, the last two years of the Korean War, from July 1951 to July 1953, resulted in very little change on the ground but thousands of dead and wounded soldiers and Marines, because the negotiators could not agree on how the North Korean and Chinese prisoners of war would be repatriated. Similarly, negotiations in Vietnam went on for almost five years and also resulted in tens of thousands of additional American casualties while the U.S. sought to find a face-saving way out of a conflict that had already been lost.
But in Iraq, the U.S. government got lucky.
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