But if the price for Bushâ€™s humiliation was the wholesale dismantling of Iraqâ€™s social fiber, was it really worth it? And thatâ€™s where the rage comes in. Itâ€™s a good report, itâ€™s familiar reading because all of us â€“ media, Iraqis, international organizations â€“ have been saying this for years. Where the hell was this panel a year and a half ago before got quite so awful?
Why do these old fogies say it and everyone, including the president, nod sagaciously and accept it, while everyone else was ignored before. The upbeat military weekly military press conferences, the blog attacks on the â€œliberal mediaâ€�, the Bush administrationâ€™s defense of the situation â€¦ suddenly itâ€™s all gone, as though it never was, and everyone seems to have no problem acknowledging that the situation in Iraq has become beyond awful.
Better late than never. I guess.
Unless of course itâ€™s too late.