Colin Powell tried to tell the wing-eared one before he went into Iraq, "You break it, you buy it." Well, we all know what has happened in the 4 years since Powell's warning. Iraq is a nation that is indeed broken with seemingly little hope of recovery anytime soon. In the process, the Bush administration has almost completely fiddled away the spirit of goodwill and cooperation that the world showed our country in the weeks following 9/11.
What's probably worse is the fact that instead of eliminating terrorists, the Bush administration has inspired more acts of terror, as well as terrorists in-the-making. Now we find ourselves seemingly stuck in Iraq with Iran brandishing its potentially nuclear saber. According to Hillary, this just will not do. She tells him to "clean up" on his way out.
Of course, Dubya has different ideas. He doesn't want to "clean up." He'd rather build up, and send more young Americans into harm's way in a part of the world that resents our nation more and more every day.
As odd as it sounds, Iraq really isn't my biggest concern any more. That distinction now goes to Iran - a country that isn't monolithic, but is treated by the Bush administration treats as if it is.
The presidential election in 2008 cannot get here soon enough. The Democrats have an impressive and diverse list of candidates that would like to get to work in mending the fences we've destroyed in the last several years. Until then, George W. Bush reviews and tweaks his list of nations that he wants to "schock and awe."