The situation we find ourselves in in Iraq, while unforeseen by bush, was obvious to any who took a minute to think about it.

He does raise a good point about the necessity of elections victories for those who are against, to one degree or another, the occupation. Ideally, such candidates would rail against our conquest and occupation while supporting the eventual goal of a liberal society. That would be a difficult outcome to arrange under the best circumstances. While it may still come to pass, our ham-handedness in Iraq shows that it will have to be arranged by others.