It's five years since the Iraq war began, and there really is no satisfactory end in sight. Here's the Register's editorial on Bush's delusional speech yesterday. To be sure, violence is down (though it stopped declining in November and may be ratcheting back up). But for Cheney to compare Bush to Lincoln, and to natter on about him having a firm strategy and solid objectives! They've been improvising this thing from the beginning -- check out the recent story that Bremer's decision to disband the Iraqi army, probably the single most disastrous decision in what has been the biggest strategic mistake in U.S. history (as my friend Gen. Bill Odom puts it, check out his excellent book), was made almost impulsively, without consultation or discussion, and in contravention of a decision the top leaders thought they had made a few weeks earlier. And nobody had the gumption to say, "Er, Jerry, this isn't quite what we had in mind"?
What a bunch of doofuses, led by the doofus in chief.