Many saw it coming back in 2003: the US invasion of Iraq was an avoidable disaster. It was easy to see it could not work. Now as ISIS swarms Iraq, what can be learned? Can Iraq save itself? Is there really anything the US can do now that might actually work? Guest on this show is Patrick Smith, former bureau chief to the International Herald Tribune and author of several nonfiction books and regular contributor to Salon, the New York Times, the Nation and others. He explains that one can not see reality in Iraq without an understanding of history. There may be some positives: this can be a moment form which we can learn and change.