… it will be clear that “we have in fact achieved our objective in terms of having a self-governing Iraq that’s capable for the most part of defending themselves, a democracy in the heart of the Middle East, a nation that will be a positive force in influencing the world around it in the future.”
There you have it. America spends blood and treasure to a tune of well over $1 trillion and – civil war or no civil war – Iraq gets Cheney’s “gold star” Award of Confidence. Using Cheney’s benchmarks of civil war, and thousands dead, makes the Sudan a fledgling democracy, right? (Just asking).
And isn’t it convenient that Bush and “Throe Unit” Cheney will be out of the White House by January 2009. By predicting democracy in Iraq by January 2009 both can then pass the buck and claim "We had Iraq on track for democracy by now ... you guys blew it."