Above, the precise number of retired generals required to call for your resignation before David Ignatius will take a position on you.
We’re going to start with the last sentence of David Ignatius’ piece and work backwards, mostly because the last graf is the most glaringly stupid:
The administration needs to look this one clearly in the eye: Without changes that shore up public support in America, it risks losing the war in Iraq.
“Risks.” “Losing.” (see, Note? Two can play at this quasi-cryptic thing). Anyway, that’s the setup, here’s the punchline:
Rumsfeld’s replacement should be someone who can help restore a bipartisan consensus for a sensible Iraq policy. One obvious candidate would be the centrist Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman. Another would be a centrist Republican with military experience, such as Sen. Chuck Hagel or Sen. John McCain.
Yes. Joe Lieberman, obvious candidate for Rumsfeld replacement. We’re beginning to agree with Joe Klein: WE CLEARLY HATE AMERICA.
Here, allow us to reach in to our hat o’ centrists and pick out a couple names — yeah, Chuck Hagel! He’ll turn things around right quick! Shore up support at home, which will magically make everyone in Basra get along and get rid of those nasty death squads.
JOHN “MAVERICK” MCCAIN CAN’T EVEN GET AMERICAN RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS TO LISTEN TO HIM, HOW’S HE GONNA GET IRAQI ONES TO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT FORMING A WORKING GOVERNMENT?