Ever get the feeling that the neocons wanted to refight Vietnam so they opted for Iraq? That way they could prove we could have won the first time.
Instead, they are going to lose again. Even if (Big If) things settle down someday, and we figure out how to leave gracefully, the PNAC plan is a disaster. And the thing is, the country knows it.
As President Bush prepares to address the nation on Iraq tonight, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds most Americans do not believe the administration's claims that impressive gains are being made against the insurgency, but a clear majority is willing to keep U.S. forces there for an extended time to stabilize the country.
The survey found that only one in eight Americans currently favor an immediate pullout of U.S. forces, while a solid majority continues to agree with Bush that the United States must remain in Iraq until civil order is restored -- a goal that most of those surveyed acknowledge is, at best, several years away.
According to Froomkin:
Among the other disconnects haunting the president: Polls show Americans increasingly are opposed to the war, think it was a mistake in the first place, want to bring American troops home, and believe Bush deliberately misled the public about Iraq's WMD.
But it seems unlikely that Bush will acknowledge any of that tomorrow night. "I think we have a clear strategy that we have outlined," press secretary Scott McClellan said on Friday. "And he will talk in a very specific way about the way forward to succeeding and implementing that strategy."
The return of McNamara? McGeorge Bundy? Nixon? Yeesh. This is an open thread.