The trick will be to avoid trumping up bullshit evidence for the war, and if evidence turns out to be bogus, not to bother illegally leaking classified information. If we do insist on defending BS once we spot the error, the trick will be not outing covert agents as retribution for their spouses' decision to tell the truth.
Then, we will just avoid inflaming sectarian tensions, go in with massive force to ensure a ratio of troops to civilians comparable to a level established by practice in other peace-keeping missions, and secure weapons caches and infrastructure.
What could possibly go wrong?
Don't listen to the nay-sayers. Not on this or any other issue. It's a strategy that's worked brilliantly so far, so why not keep it up? J.D. says that the failure of immigration policy is what's soured him on Bush and the Republican Party (and I bet he's done his part for change). If we set aside the mess Bush made of Texas (and briefly Florida) before he even became President, and you set aside disputes over the foxes he appointed to guard various henhouses, and the way Fox Ashcroft then proceeded with the Patriot Act and other unbalancings of our civil liberties, we find a critical point in my own view of the President.
The point when I no longer felt that it was reasonable to assume that the President intended to govern the entire nation occurred shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Millions of Americans around the country poured onto the streets and called for our government to seek a peaceful resolution to the war, and those protesters and the millions of people who couldn't skip work to attend a local rally were dismissed, because the President insisted he didn't listen to opinion polls.
In retrospect, those people, including yours truly, were right, and the President was wrong. But that doesn't so much matter to me. The incompetence of the attempted reconstruction doesn't matter. Because those flow not from incompetence alone, but from the spirit that allows one to dismiss dissent as irrelevant.
As the President's approval ratings drop like a stone, it's clear that other people are catching on. For some it's immigration, others jumped ship over Katrina. The war in Iraq or the war for Florida's electoral votes were also moments that drove people to lifeboats.
But it isn't enough to simply be pissed. The key is to fix things. And yes, as j.d. notes, that starts by changing Congress. For the last few years, the minority party has been shut out of any decisions, and moderate voices within the GOP have been squelched. We don't need to throw out 535 Congresscritters, a few dozen seats could set us on a better course, and leave a new captain more freedom to navigate in 2008.
Meanwhile, Tehran or bust!