Iraq is not just George W. Bush’s Waterloo, but America’s too. This President’s disastrous, historic blunder has done untold damage to our country, well beyond the thousands of lives and enormous national treasure wasted. Moves by Democrats to bring an end to our national nightmare have, predictably, been branded by lockstepping Republicans as “setting a date for surrender”, a spin that plays well with the blindly faithful ignorati who continue to support a President who long ago lost the trust of the majority of Americans – and of the world.
Congress will debate ad infinitum about whether a date-certain withdrawal is a wise strategy, or an ignominious defeat. This debate, however, misses the truly urgent task: to end the prosecution of the Iraq war by a grossly incompetent Administration, and to superimpose experienced, intelligent, adult supervision over these failed leaders, combining diplomatic, political, economic and military initiatives to end this fiasco before it does irreparable damage to America.
All but the most ideologically blinkered Republicans must surely know that this is the only rational course of action. Only a handful, so far, have mustered the courage to speak out, risking instant repudiation by right-wing attack dogs. I believe the tipping point, with wholesale Republican defections from this failed Presidency, is very near. We can only hope.