As the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq approaches people are reflecting on the state of the country post Saddam.
Lufti Saber, once a key lieutenant of the first post-Saddam Iraqi prime minister, Ayad Allawi, is quoted in the Telegraph as saying that Iraq would have been better off if Saddam had been left in charge.
"None of these people trust each other.
Everything comes down to that. The whole system is set up to ensure that nobody does anything that somebody else thinks is wrong.
Saddam had a way of rising above that. As soon as he made a decision, it happened. People knew it had to be done. It didn't matter where they were in the country, they knew the floor at work had to be cleaned, just in case Saddam turned up. Now the country is engulfed in chaos and nobody does anything because they all refuse to take responsibility."
"I never thought I would say it given that he sentenced me to death.
But I find myself wishing Saddam was still here. Only he had the knack of running this god-forsaken country."
In five years time Iraq, if it is still in one piece, will still be a disaster area; no matter who becomes president of the USA.