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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations


The war in Iraq was a strategic miscalculation and the single greatest blow to American power and prestige since Vietnam. I supported the initial invasion in 2003 while serving as US ambassador to NATO, but have long since been convinced that any good from it was far outweighed by the sacrifices of our soldiers and the significant damage to our international credibility. We must never forget the human cost of the war.


Burns, Nicholas. "Iraq War Damaged US Credibility." Boston Globe, December 21, 2011.