Victory Is Not an Option – washingtonpost.com

The new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq starkly delineates the gulf that separates President Bush’s illusions from the realities of the war.

That first line of Gen. Odom’s Op-Ed in the Washington Post is really all you need to read. The rest is Odom’s methodical delineation of what’s gone wrong and what we can do to make it right and just how we can get our collective nuts out of the roaring fire Bush and company lit in Iraq (and are trying, like demented, defrocked Boy Scouts intent on a pyromania badge, to light in Iran). That we have a president (and for real nuttiness, see Vice President Cheney on any given day; it’s quite an accomplishment to make Bush look like he’s in touch, but Cheney sometimes manages it) who can’t see past his illusions is bad enough; that we have one whose illusions are killing and maiming American soldiers and Marines (who come back to be treated like shit at Walter Reed, apparently) by the truckload is unforgivable. I don’t care that the right wing will whip up its nut cases with a cry of “It’s retaliation for Clinton!”, we’ve got to impeach Bush and Cheney before there’s a mushroom cloud over Tehran. The American soul has been besmirched enough, damn it!