"This is, by a long measure, the most underreported aspect of the Bush administration's war on terror. Not that they're pursuing the wrong strategy — though they are — but that in the end they don't really care that much one way or the other. Winning the war has always been secondary to winning elections."
They do not care about policy or its consequences.
They care only about power.
It is all about the symbols and the rhetoric. Rational assessment of ways and means is completely ignored.
The Consequences of this cannot be good; the inevitable failure will create a political storm. But will the poltical theatre of that Coming Storm teach an electorate, which has been buying this nonsense, anything?