What Bush will do about Iraq:
Whatever Bush does in the next few weeks (and beyond) regarding Iraq, keep in mind the following axioms:
- Bush will not do anything that would be perceived as a defeat.
- Bush is indifferent about casualties (both U.S. military and Iraqi)
- Bush doesn't care about public opinion, the attitude of Congress, or what the pundits have to say.
It's really that simple. Maybe Bush will increase the troop numbers, maybe he will just keep them at the same level, maybe he will reduce them a little. His main goal now is to avoid facing the reality and consequences of his failure. Because to do so would be devastating, and he can't handle it.
Actually, maybe it's a good thing that he doesn't care what pundits have to say, because most of them are clueless assholes anyway, like Friedman, Broder, etc.