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Conrad Black's dogsbody inadvertently diagnoses the root cause of failure:
David Frum, the former White House speechwriter who co-wrote Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, accusing Iraq of being part of an "axis of evil," says it now looks as if defeat may be inescapable, because "the insurgency has proven it can kill anyone who cooperates, and the United States and its friends have failed to prove that it can protect them. If you are your typical, human non-hero, then it's very hard at this point to justify to yourself and your family taking any risks at all on behalf of the coalition." This situation, he says, must ultimately be blamed on "failure at the center."
Yes. And that center is the Center for Security Policy. And the American Enterprise Institute. And The Heritage Foundation. And the Project for the New American Century. And every other repository of bloodthirsty old chickenhawks who aroused themselves with delusions of martial grandeur, and now complain that the Bush administration didn't supply them with enough towels.