Mr. Rodricks' observations on the enormous human costs of the Iraq war were absolutely appropriate to the occasion. The war in Iraq was a conflict initiated under the dishonest pretext that Saddam Hussein was somehow "behind" the hijackers of September 2001. As Mr. Rodricks pointed out, scant attention has been paid to the hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths that were the consequence. Remarkably, hardly any other public commenter on the Sept. anniversary — certainly not Mr. Bush himself — acknowledged these grim results of U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Obama even boasted that in the 10 years since the attacks, "it has been shown that those who mean us harm can't hide anywhere in the world," vague words which could easily be interpreted to include Iraq, Afghanistan or even Libya.