“No one ever judged the outcome of a war by the quality of the intelligence going in. If you look at where we are today and compare it to where we were on the day the Clinton Administration left office: we’ve removed the Taliban from power in Afghanistan; we’ve removed from power Saddam Hussein; we’re removing our troops from Saudi Arabia; we’ve established new bases in the Gulf in stable, small countries; Jordan is secure; Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon are acquiescent and very quiet; and there’s a revolution under way in Iran. I’ve named every country between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean. This is the most dangerous, hostile region in the world — and it has been remarkably changed. And I should add there’s also a peace process in the Middle East. …. What’s important [in terms of history] is how has the foreign policy of this Administration changed a region dramatically, remarkably…” – Charles Krauthammer, “Inside Washington,” July 12, 2003