Charley's only about 140 years too late on that wish. It is amusing to read rants about the administration's myopia, or naivete, alongside statements like "We won't lose the peace if we hand Iraq over to the Iraqis and say goodbye."
Arguments against entanglements are fair, and debate about whether we should have gone into Iraq is fine. But I don't think it's even a remotely good idea to invade a country, destroy its infrastructure, and then leave.
A good point. The families shouldering the direct loss of a young soldier certainly must question the wisdom of the task, but most of them realize we are really in a war for our civilization. Bush has adopted a pre-emptive approach, and will not repeat the mistakes of the British. As for Bush being a reader, Rice certainly is and Bush takes her advice. With an approach of appeasement, we only look weaker and weaker, kinda like Reese's arguement.