We all knew this was coming:
President Bush implored lawmakers and the nation last night to give him one more chance to win the war in Iraq and avoid the "nightmare scenario" of defeat while presenting a domestic agenda intended to find common cause with the new Democratic Congress on issues such as energy and immigration.
That sort of dogged persistence in a doomed endeavor was cute when it was just Wil E. Coyote cooking up yet another Acme-assisted cunning plan to catch the Road Runner on the Saturday morning cartoons in my youth. It's another kettle of fish entirely when it's the president of the United States asking for yet another chance to spectacularly bungle the defining issue of his presidency--and at the cost of other people's real blood, toil, tears, and sweat, in the immortal phrase of Sir Winston Churchill.
Let me give it to you straight, Mr. Preznit. There is no chance we will win the war in Iraq. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Bupkes. Niente. Ничто. That war was lost the moment you gave the go order--and the fault lies entirely with you and your neocon cadre of chickenshit cheerleaders. When you decided to fight this war on the cheap, without demanding that the American people make even the smallest sacrifice to support the war effort, you guaranteed that you or some one of your successors was going to be in the unenviable position of having to stand before the American people and admit that we fucked it up royally.
I feel confident that you will not be that person, given that you seem to have some kind of congenital inability to either recognize or admit your failures. But someone is going to have to do the dirty job, because you have made it impossible for there ever to be a good outcome in Iraq. You can spend every last dime in the Treasury, throw away every last man and woman of military age we've got, and Iraq is still going to be a colossal mess that will take at least a generation to clean up.
All of which begs the question of why we would want to give you one more chance to waste our time, talent, and treasure on a fool's errand that we know is doomed to fail. You brought us this "nightmare scenario of failure" because you were too stupid to recognize that it was staring you in the face. It's time we stopped feeding your addiction and forced you to confront the reality that everyone else in the world recognized long since: Iraq is irretrievably broken, and the best possible course of action right now is for us to get the hell out of there in the hopes that, with the irritant of the Great Satan out of the way, maybe, just maybe, the warring factions will be able to find some way of living together in something reasonably approximating peace. I wouldn't bet on that, either, but it's the best course of action we've got.