Robert Novak predicts Bush (and Kerry) will jump and run from Iraq in the next year.
Well-placed sources in the administration are confident Bush’s decision will be to get out. They believe that is the recommendation of his national security team and would be the recommendation of second-term officials. An informed guess might have Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state, Paul Wolfowitz as defense secretary and Stephen Hadley as national security adviser. According to my sources, all would opt for a withdrawal.
I don’t believe that this should be an option. As Andrew Sullivan put it so well, “[W]hen you invade a country, depose its dictator, disband its army and take responsibility for its security, you are responsible for its security … We either have to ramp up our forces, retake Fallujah and Ramadi, redouble our faltering efforts to rebuild the Iraqi army – or we have to withdraw and leave chaos and a new terror-state behind.”
Well, just more proof that George W. Bush was a horrible president to begin with, and that his leadership as our “war president” hasn’t been much better.