The argument the Bush administration made was that by establishing a "free, democratic Iraq", they would bring freedom to Iraq's neighbors.
So, how does that jibe with Iranian reformers being soundly beaten in Iran's recent elections? In an unexpected turn, an Iranian hardliner is going to face the current president in a runoff election.
"I picked Ahmadinejad to slap America in the face," said one Iranian voter.
At Tehran University, the leader of Friday prayers, Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, told worshippers that voting "strengthens the pillars of the ruling Islamic establishment." Followers then joined in with the common chant of "Death to America!"
Add to this mix the recent strong performance by Hezbollah in the Jordanian elections and Hamas in the Gaza elections and it starts to become clear what a difference a "free, democratic" Iraq is having upon its neighbors...
Invading Iraq is apparently a kind of "trickle down" democracy. It works about as well as "trickle down" economics... which is to say that it doesn't work at all. You can't "trickle down" on a proud people with long memories of all the times the U.S. has screwed them over, and still expect them to treat it like a refreshing spring rain.