Philip Gordon and Michael O’Hanlon says this has been No Easy Victory, taking direct aim at Ken Adelman’s assertions to the contrary. It seems to me this is indeed a semantic debate. By any reasonable standard of comparison, this has indeed been a major victory achieved with extremely light losses in both American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. They are correct in noting that this was accomplished using overwhelming force rather than, say, a raid-type operation.

James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.