George Bush is on television, having interrupted my happy viewing of "Ellen" for a statement on this 4th "anniversary of the Iraq war". He indicated that wrapping things up over there is "not gon' be easy," sort of like a mechanic - say, the one on the Andy Griffith Show, specifically - might indicate of a busted engine.
Tim Russert just noted that he said the war "can be won", which is quite different from the previous "Got 'er done" claims. And also mentioned what I noticed most strongly, which is that he brought up 9/11 again, and how this whole situation is preventing such a thing from happening to us ever again. Said Russert, and thought I, the two situations - Saddam Hussein/Iraq and 9/11 -were not parallel, which has been discussed ad infinitum. And the shelf life on the use of this unspeakably terrible situation as a political pawn should have expired a long, long time ago. Roughly an equivalent number of Americans have died in this war as died on September 11, 2001 - actually, more. And of course the civilian numbers are all over the place.
I still don't know what to do to solve it, or if anything does. I just know that I am fundamentally opposed to war, because I don't think it solves much, if you look back over history. What it does is cause pain, and no rhetoric solves it. It keeps flowing, though, and as we gear up for another election, I expect it will continue.