BACK IN THE OC….So, um, the Baker-Hamilton commission is going to propose withdrawing combat troops from Iraq over the next year or so, as well as starting up talks with Iran and Syria. But Cheney and Bush are dead set against both, so I guess that’s a dead letter. Apparently, there’s still a light at the end of this particular tunnel.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi PM suddenly pulls out of a scheduled meeting with Bush in Jordan, and the Bush team is reduced to pretending that this is really no big deal. Presumably it’s also not a big deal that Muqtada al-Sadr has withdrawn from the Iraqi government, thus flushing it irrevocably down the toilet.

What else? Cheney and the neocons still want to bomb Iran, regardless of whether or not the CIA thinks they’re building a nuke. But that’s old news. Elsewhere, Newt Gingrich wants to pare back the first amendment. And the whole wingnut universe is preparing for another decades-long rerun of Vietnam, in which they pretend that we could have won in Iraq if only liberals and Democrats hadn’t poisoned the American will to win.

Is that it? I’m trying to play some quick catchup from the past couple of days before I start blogging again in the morning. Do I have things about right?

Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!