One of the frustrating aspects about the Iraq war, no matter what your political stripe is the feeling that the Marines are at war and America is at the mall.
The big question is what to do about it: ante up or cut the loses. The half-measure of the surge, and the Iraqi-fication of the war are not going to win it. The solution does not exist militarily, it exists politically.
So, when Iraq’s Sunni bloc quits the coalition, that is not a sign that things are necessarily getting better politically. Because, America is at the Mall, it is tough to relate to the fact that half of Iraq is “in absolute poverty.”
Although, there are general outcries of horror when tragedies hit here in the states. I don’t know if the day to day destruction that happens in Iraq really sinks in. However, it is insightful to hear Bush respond to such criticism. Helen Thomas hits the key points, although the President’s response seems like they are talking past one another.
The fundamental problem is worldview. I can’t subscribe to the idea that the war in Iraq is an ideological battle. But, it is hard for me to believe that Bush doesn’t see it that way. In other words, he is sincerely wrong. It is more of the case that he’s had too much of his own Kool-Aid, where Bush rejects any evidence that might cause cognitive dissonance. If God is on Bush’s side, then how can he be wrong? And how can you possibly dissuade someone from believing God is on their side?