From Thomas L. Friedman in today's New York Slimes: I was and continue to be a supporter of the Iraq War. We went in based upon years of what appeared to be good intel but which now has either been proven to have been wrong, or which was right, in which case the question of where the hell the WMD are remains. Putting aside the needed debate of why the intel was so utterly screwed up, and even the debate of whether we should have just simply nuked them from orbit, we are now in Iraq, the situation sucks, and we need a way out. It doesn't have to be a retreat or even hasty, and I am confident that, despite any differences among us here (and in stark contrast to the jerks populating the left) we want an exit option that ensures victory for the United States, or at the very least isn't seen as an American defeat. I am curious as to opinions here on the items highlighted in red in the article above. I am no diplomat, but it sounds like something that could be done and would work. It certainly sounds better than asking our troops to continue being shot at while the Iraqi legislature goes on vacation, and having Tony Snow blame the fracking weather for it. I am not sure of Mr. Friedman's general political leanings, but this article sounds pretty level-headed to me, regardless. Your thoughts? ETA: Oh, and if anyone is wondering why W's ratings are (justifiably) in the toilet, it's because of BS answers like the one Tony Snow gave, and W's apparent unwillingness to fish or cut bait: either light a fire under the Iraqi's tails (as described above) or just level the place and leave. Even guys like me are ticked off at him. Illegal immigration didn't help, either, but that's a different topic.