As a follow up to this I was listening to an NPR interview with the managing editor of Foreign Affairs...I was up for a bit of fiction while driving in my car and sure enough they came through. After sifting through the bombast and hyperbole I was able to ascertain that there was actually a premise or two to his argument about the failure of Iraq and the war on terror. One of these is that the Bush Administration lumps together Iraq with the war on terror when things start to go bad.
There are 2 problems with this argument.
First, the President saw and rightly, how connected Iraq and the overall war on terror are. Emerging documents found after Saddam's fall that have now been translated vividly point this out and President Bush made this argument right from the beginning in his 9-11 speech to Congress and I watched the whole Congress rise to its feet in affirmation.
Second, how does an emerging government with accountability to its people and a desire to be at peace rising from the ashes of the, now deposed, most feared tyrant in the Middle East and the world be viewed as going badly? By the way the Iraq Inspector General's report has pointed to good progress in rebuilding the infrastructure, but you wouldn't know that from the fiction spoken by Senator Feingold, another master of fiction.
I forget the other premise as it doesn't matter since it too was uninformed and fiction. And this from the managing editor of Foreign Affairs. May be he should just focus on Bill Clinton's foreign affairs...I'll leave that one to your imagination.