1. In the eyes of the Bush administration, the relevance of international organizations, such as the United Nations, depends primarily upon their willingness to approve US policy, legal or illegal, moral or immoral.
2. The Bush doctrine of "Preemptive War" may be employed against threats that have no basis in fact.
3. The American people appear to take little notice of the "bait and switch" tactic of initiating a war to prevent use of weapons of mass destruction - and then celebrating regime change when no such weapons are found.
4. A country of 290 million inhabitants that spends $400 billion a year on its military, providing them with the latest in high-tech weaponry, can achieve clear military victory over a country of 23 million that spends 1/400th of that amount and possesses virtually no high-tech weaponry.
5. Embedding journalists with troops leads to reporters providing only perspectives sanctioned by the military in their reports to the public. It is analogous to the imprinting of ducklings.
6. The American people can be easily manipulated, with the help of both embedded and non-embedded media, to support an illegal and immoral war.
7. An imperial presidency does not require Congress to exercise its Constitutional authority to declare war; it requires only a compliant Congress to provide increasingly large sums of money for foreign wars.
8. It is far easier to destroy a dictatorial regime by military might than it is to rebuild a country as a functioning democracy.
9. If other countries wish to avoid the fate of Saddam Hussein and Iraq, they should follow Israel's example and develop strong arsenals of weapons of mass destruction for protection against potential US aggression.
10. In all wars it is the innocent who suffer most. Thus, while Saddam Hussein plays games with his interogators, Osama bin Laden continues playing cat-and-mouse, and George Bush stages a jet flight to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to prematurely declare "mission accomplished", little Ali Ismaeel Abbas lies in a hospital bed without his parents and brother, who were killed in a US attack, and without his arms.
The most important lessons of the Iraq War may be as yet unrevealed, but there is a sense that American unilateralism is likely to continue to alienate important allies, while the triumphalism of the Bush administration is likely to taunt terrorists, making them more numerous and tenacious in their commitment to violent retaliation. http://www.rense.com/general37/ten.htm