If anyone needed any proof that the US effort in Iraq is still as muddled and inept as it was from the moment the first American tank rolled across the border, all they needed to do was listen to Rumsfeld's successor, Robert Gates' remarks in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
"We probably all underestimated the depth of the mistrust and how difficult it would be for these guys to come together on legislation which, let's face it, is not just some sort of secondary kind of thing.
"The kinds of legislation they're talking about establish the framework of Iraq for the future, so it's almost like our constitutional convention."
Probably underestimated the depth of mistrust? Just what planet have these people been on for the past four years? This isn't a mistake, some sort of oversight - it's full-bore incompetence. It's also a shocking admission of hubris - Washington continuing to believe that it will shape the future of the Iraqi peoples. This is the thinking of idiots and morons.