But the key is that America can survive the failure in Iraq. But Bush will not. Bush's legacy is toast. But he still has two years as the President to try to salvage his legacy. Unfortunately, he cannot salvage his legacy by recognizing the failure in Iraq.
Bush's only chance to save his legacy is to escalate the war by going after Iran militarily. This is ephemeral. It will not work. But there is no other option for the Bush administration to try. If he gives up and starts to try to make peace in the Middle East, everything the Bush administration has attempted since 9/11 will be proven to have failed.
But at this time, it is in America's best (and only) interest to recognize the failure and the idiocy of the war in Iraq and to shut it down as soon as possible so that it does not expand to other nations in the Middle East. This is critical for America, but it means that Bush's legacy is the pits.
This is the source of the strange reaction of Dick Cheney in his interview with Wolf Blitzer. It is obvious that in the interview, Dick Cheney is literally out of it. He cannot accept the truth of the situation that he, more than anyone else, has led America into.
At this point, if I were an MSM pundit, I would suggest a way out of this empass. Other than removing Cheney and Bush, I do not see any way to do it. But I know no legal way to remove the President and the Vice President before January 2009 without the concurrence of the Republican members of Congress.
The Republican members of Congress do not yet recognize the disastor we are facing, so we are frankly in a world of shit. Barring a miracle, plan on an expanded war in the Middle East before January of 2008. Here is Josh Marshall's analogy for the situation:
Think of it like this. He's a death row prisoner concocting a thousand-to-one plan to break out of prison. For him, those are good odds. The rest of us are doing three months for disorderly conduct. And he's trying to rope us into his harebrained scheme. Like I said, his interests are very different from ours.You are looking down at a great drop. Bush and Cheney say you have to jump. Will you jump with Bush and Cheney? Why? It is their problem, not America's.
Speak up. We're on the edge of the abyss.