We've perhaps not done enough to mark the five year anniversary of the war in Iraq, a sobering milestone that makes this war one of the longest in American history, and a long distance from mission accomplished. SeeDavid Bromwichfor a measured analysis of the Bush administration's rhetorical evasiveness (abuse instead of torture, a surge instead of an escalation, contractors instead of mercenaries) as it prosecutes a war certain to loom as a pivot point in the modern history of both the United States and the Middle East.

John T. McGreevy is the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame.

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