What's The Noble Cause Again?

Jeralyn says: With more than 1,800 young American lives lost, does Bush think an Emily Litella "Never Mind" moment will do anything but enrage us and sour the troops? "

The Bush administration is significantly lowering expectations of what can be achieved in Iraq, recognizing that the United States will have to settle for far less progress than originally envisioned during the transition due to end in four months, according to U.S. officials in Washington and Baghdad.

The United States no longer expects to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges, U.S. officials say. What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground," said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion. "

How fast will it be before the usual suspects start blaming Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer for the failures in Iraq? There's so much in this article, but one of the most telling statements is: "what unfolded on the ground." Elaborate please...


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