Gerard Baker and Mort Kondracke take extreme opposite views of the war’s implications for the United States. Baker thinks we’ll shake it off; Kondracke thinks it could be worse than Vietnam. I tend towards the Kondracke view for this reason. No matter what happens in Iraq now, the jihadis have extracted so many pounds of flesh as to make the status quo look comparatively appealing to the rest of the region. The ship could conceivably be righted in Baghdad, but the “domino theory” is, in all likelihood, dead on arrival.