When will the Bush administration admit the obvious about Iraq?
Some people in the administration no longer strain to dispute reality. "The insurgency has gotten worse by almost all measures, with insurgent attacks at historically high levels," a senior Pentagon official told The New York Times. "The insurgency has more public support and is demonstrably more capable in numbers of people active and in its ability to direct violence than at any point in time."
A few weeks ago, two of the highest-ranking American generals conceded that things are unraveling. Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace and Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, told Congress that Iraq could fall into "civil war."
That led to a great deal of arid debate on whether the current level of violence deserves that term. But it's not crucial for American policy whether the situation amounts to a civil war. What's important is that it amounts to a failure.
We are not going to stay long enough to succeed in Iraq, and we have already stayed long enough to fail.
Please, bring our troops home!