So much said in so few words. The problem with the Iraq war and how the Republican leadership would address it is summed up in two short headlines on Yahoo News this week:
When Henry Kissinger—the man who told Bush the only way to lose in Iraq is to quit—says there is no military solution to Iraq, then you know we're in the shit.
It makes John Kerry's words 30-odd years ago in front of a congressional hearing on Vietnam all the more poignant:
"... how do you ask a man to be the last man to dies in Vietnam? How do ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
And yet, the Republican maverick John McCain is calling for MORE men and women to face death in Iraq. And for what?
Many Democrats are no better. They call for timelines that extend for years and benchmarks that nobody expects to be met. And for what? How is the chaos in Iraq today going to be any better in 12 or 24 or 36 months? This tragic situations for the Iraqis is not tempered by the deaths of more Americans. Their dead will not rise with each of our fallen.
And we all wait for James Baker to save us. The man who was the orginal George Bush's brain and the man who gave us (by legal wrangling in front of the Supreme Court) George Bush the Younger, is going to deliver a set of recommendations that the President is not bound to accept.
This madness needs to end as soon as possible. How soon is now?