The only unequivocally good policy option before the American people is to dump the president who got us into this mess, who had no trouble sending our young people to Iraq but who cannot steel himself to face the Sept. 11 commission alone.
While this does mirror my feeling about things, it doesn't address, of course, the most intractable issue: what any President—Bush, Kerry, Nader, whoever—ought to do about Iraq. At this point, I think I'd be trying to find a way to turn over the whole mess to the United Nations, preferably without a U.S. presence, which I fear would only sour the Iraqi population even further.
I just read what Josh Marshall has to add about the current situation:
At the critical moment the president has the toxic mix of the bulldog will of a Winston Churchill and the strategic insights and imagination of a Neville Chamberlain.
It's almost too painful to think about.