Alas, the occupant of the White House is just making things worse.
We hear the words "the Iraqis must step up and take charge of their own country."
Who was in charge before the Americans took their country from them? If they hated Sad-Damn so much, why were there never any car bombs, IEDs, suicide bombers, etc., trying to put him out of power?
Year after year, US TV showed his birthday party. He stood on the balcony, waving to the crowd. Vast numbers of men and women stood below, firing automatic rifles in the air, in a Mideastern-style celebration. If they hated him so much, how's come no bullet ever went toward him?
And when the Americans and Brits (and token others) invaded and began the occupation, they did not follow the advice of their best-educated experts on how to deal with the resistance fighters. Instead, they were brutal to them. Everybody ought to know that to deal with resistance fighters (or, as they call them, "insurgents"), we must have small units of highly-trained, culturally sensitive soldiers and special operators living among the people, winning their hearts and minds.
But for four years, this has not been policy. The result is that near 'bout everybody in Iraq (and in the Arab world, and the Islamic world) now hates us.
Bush had a chance to bring them over to his side, and he blew it. And now, his new way backward is to move smaller units of bedraggled, tired, worn-out soldiers into Iraqi police stations, to be closer to the people.
And am I the onliest one who has noticed that the police houses are the places the resistance fighters prefer as targets of suicide car-bombers? When the news guys told that hundreds of US soldiers would now be bedding down in Iraqi police stations at night, was I the onliest one that remembered the truck bomb that killed hundreds of sitting-duck Marines in Beirut, on Reagan's watch?
Bush's plan, alas, will increase the death-rate dramatically, and then I suppose he will say, "All the more reason to stay there, to complete the mission."
I think his "mission" is to kill our soldiers.