THE PLANK JANUARY 11, 2007
From today's NYT:
[Bush] put it far more bluntly when leaders of Congress visited the White House earlier on Wednesday. "I said to Maliki this has to work or you're out," the president told the Congressional leaders, according to two officials who were in the room. Pressed on why he thought this strategy would succeed where previous efforts had failed, Mr. Bush shot back: "Because it has to." [Emphasis added.]
That seems to be the underlying rationale to Bush's plan. Even if the horrible consequences of an American military defeat incline you toward believing that it's worth making one final, against-the-odds attempt to salvage the mission in Iraq, that effort's prospects for success, slim as they may be, still need to be based on something more than "because it has to." It doesn't look as if they are.