Bush's New Iraq Argument: It Could Be Worse: "For three years, the president tried to reassure Americans that more progress was being made in Iraq than they realized. But with Iraq either in civil war or on the brink of it, Bush dropped the unseen-progress argument in favor of the contention that things could be even worse."
It is hard to tell if the Administration is trying to flee from the disaster forward into war with Iran, or whether they are preparing for ignominious withdrawal from Iraq.
Either, occurring next year in the midst of recession, and investigations by Democrats in charge of the House, would create the conditions for a Perfect Storm of truly titanic proportions. Bush seems determined to achieve a degree of unpopularity as President that even Nixon failed to achieve.