Sure, and if my aunt had balls, she would be my uncle. What part of "abject failure" is Thucydides Gump not grasping here? Every passing month becomes more and more deadly, for American soldiers, for Iraqi civilians. Literally while Gump was harrumphing his disdain into his hapless keyboard, another 160+ of the poorest of Baghdad citizens were being blown to smithereens, albeit smithereens of liberation. (For which the next cycle of retribution is under way.)
When the dust and blood finally are finally settled, Hanson and his scrivening friends will proclaim the justice of the cause, as if the ensuing genocide had been worth it. Apparently dying at the business end of a Shi'a death squad power drill is more noble than meeting your end in one of Saddam's rape rooms, which should be quite a relief to surviving Iraqis.
And, before Gump lapses into his usual homilies about the sanctity of the political process being established, here is your stability, my main man. How do you like it?
Forget for a second that the situation has now devolved so precipitously that C-Plus Augustus cannot even directly survey the greatness he has wrought, that all he can do is discuss it from some fortified hotel in Amman, and get on camera the one millionth iteration of freedom marching and corners turned. The fact of the matter is that this is out of Bush's hands now, and he doesn't even seem to realize it.
Things and people do not simply conform to Junior's holy writ, as we can clearly see, even if he apparently does not. The options are not "go big, go long, or go home", no matter how many cheesy Hail Mary stories the lapdogs dutifully run, no matter how many more troops America's Straight-Talkin' Maverick wants to push. The options now are "referee a civil war" and "walk away from genocide". Let us at least see clearly the direct -- and entirely predictable and predicted -- causes of these things before we listen to the cheerleading fools yet again. There are simply no more available Friedman Units to postpone the consequences.
Either Bush (and Hanson, and the rest of this sorry-ass lot) are truly that dense, or they know better, and are simply trying to run out the clock just long enough to make this someone else's (preferably a Democrat; better yet, one who appears botoxed) problem.
Hanson fancies himself as the most serious of the Serious Thinkers out there in Strategoland, and as such, his goony fantasies of future leaders seeking Bush's counsel on anything more complicated than trading Sammy Sosa serve to illuminate the serious lack of profound insight in those darkened corners. He seems to think he's laying out the hard truths that no one else has the guts to contemplate, but the fact of the matter is that it's a dangerously silly notion to even entertain that George W. Bush will be regarded as some sort of Nixonian foreign policy sage in years to come. He's got the Nixonian part right, but only in the stopped-clock sense.
On the other hand, if in ten or twelve years, President Hilton decides to order a nuke strike on Tehran or Damascus, we'll have a pretty good idea of where she got that bright idea.