Listen carefully to the White House and it is clear that the bar for success has been lowered again, namely that a viable Iraqi government that is not hostile the U.S. would be just fine. What clouds the movement of policy is the president's penchant to continue to chanting about democracy in Iraq and staying the course. Of course, any viable government in Baghdad will be described as "democratic" and Bush will claim his iron will prevailed.
Major Change Expected In Strategy for Iraq War - washingtonpost.com: "One point on which adherents of these sharply different approaches appear to agree is that 'staying the course' is fast becoming a dead letter. 'I don't believe that we can continue based on an open-ended, unconditional presence,' said Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, a centrist Maine Republican. 'I don't think there's any question about that, that there will be a change' in the U.S. strategy in Iraq after next month's elections."