The fact is that Mr. Bushâ€™s refusal to face up to the failure of his Iraq adventure, his apparent determination to spend the rest of his term in denial, has become a clear and present danger to national security. Thanks to the demands of the Iraq war, weâ€™re already a superpower without a strategic reserve, unable to respond to crises that might erupt elsewhere in the world. And more and more military experts warn that repeated deployments in Iraq â€” now extended to 15 months â€” are breaking the back of our volunteer military.
If nothing is done to wind down this war during the 21 months â€” 21 months! â€” Mr. Bush has left, the damage may be irreparable.