David Brooks in 2004:

Come on people, let’s get a grip. This week, Chicken Littles like Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd were ranting that Iraq is another Vietnam. Pundits and sages were spinning a whole series of mutually exclusive disaster scenarios: Civil war! A nationwide rebellion! Maybe we should calm down a bit.

David Brooks today:

Iraqi society has continued to fracture and is so incoherent that it canít even have a proper civil war any more. As Gareth Stansfield wrote in a Chatham House report last month, whatís happening in Iraq is not one civil war or one insurgency. Instead, Iraq is home to many little civil wars and many little insurgencies that are fighting for local power. Even groups like the Mahdi Army are splitting.