IRAQ: DISASTER, OR JUST REALLY, REALLY BAD?….Iraq expert Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution has apparently given up on the possibility of success in Iraq. At least, that’s the only conclusion I can draw from this quote:

If we can keep it as one of the two or three most violent places in the Middle East but at least on a long-term trajectory toward stability, that’s acceptable.

It’s clear now that (a) George Bush had no idea what he was getting himself into, (b) his initial plan for rebuilding Iraq was a fantasy, (c) each of his succeeding plans has failed within months, and (d) he’s just flailing now, desperately hoping to keep things from completely falling apart before the election.

This is George Bush’s idea of fighting terrorism. If this is your idea of fighting terrorism too, he should get your vote on November 2nd. If it’s not, well…..

UPDATE: There used to be an update here wondering whether O’Hanlon really said that. It turns out he did, so the update is now gone.

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