that the Iraqi economy was in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he could be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he fell away into the dustbin of history.
Obama knew that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. He knew that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
Obama was not opposed to all wars. He was opposed to dumb wars.
HILLARY ENABLED THAT DUMB WAR AND McCAIN WANTS TO CONTINUE IT INDEFINITELY.