10 Years After the Fall of Baghdad: A Cautionary Tale

TIME International Editor Bobby Ghosh talks about witnessing a dangerous misstep at Saddam's Presidential Palace and how it foreshadowed things to come.

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On the tenth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Paradise Square, TIME International Editor Bobby Ghosh recalls a harrowing experience in the occupied palace, which would become a harbinger of troubles to come. Ghosh was TIME’s Baghdad bureau chief from 2006-2011.

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"It was a mistake - a well-intentioned mistake."

I wish this incident could have been symbolic of the entire Iraq fiasco.  But the invasion of Iraq wasn't well-intentioned.  It was all about monumental hubris, misguided vengeance, naked greed and well orchestrated deception.