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Novak: We've Lost the War
Prince of Darkness Bob Novak
announced in his column today (not yet posted on the web) that Bush plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, even if withdrawal will leave Iraq to civil war. Novak doesn't mention it, but a U.S. withdrawal would leave neighboring Iran in a strong position to dominate the country.
The military believes "there are insufficient U.S. forces in Iraq to wage effective war," writes the conservative columnist. According to Novak, whose administration contacts are stellar, "well-placed sources in the administration are confident Bush's decision will be to get out" after the U.S. elections. "
If Novak is right, it would be nice to see Bush facing reality for once. But Novak's other prediction is scary and all too plausible given Bush's steadfast refusal to fire anyone despite the most egregious failures. Novak says Paul Wolfowitz and Condoleezza Rice will be promoted as a reward for the Iraq disaster, becoming the Secretaries of Defense and State.