The New York Times has a good editoral today, entitled "Still No Way Out,"
--which details the Bush administration's signal failure to bring about any real action toward political peace in Iraq, a failure which has been noticed in particular by our soldiers who are working to quell physical violence and wondering what their effort is for.
Bush cannot take the necessary action, since he refuses to discuss any pullout, which I think is the stick we need. If I were President, I would bring together the Iraqi factions and say this:
"Look. We know that the USA is responsible for creating this situation, but it's been five years now, and you are not helping. We are doing what we can, but, ultimately, this house is yours to put in order. If you prefer to fight amongst yourselves for dominance, bringing about a years-long civil war such as we have seen in Lebanon, speak now, and we will get out of the way and let you get on with it. And doing nothing at this point counts as the same choice. If you want to guarantee yourselves a say in what comes next, come together now to create a working government, deal with the issues facing you fairly, have your armed factions stand down, and assist us in ejecting Al-Queda and foreign fighters. If you do this, we will continue to assist you in rebuilding your country. Otherwise, you are on your own. What is your answer?"