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Why the Pony Show?

As my new co-blogger Michael has already pointed out, the Decider is taking his sweet time in deciding what to do about Iraq. He held a non-decisional meeting yesterday for all of three hours where they made "good progress" on a marketing pitch strategy. What I would like to know is why the big dog and pony show?

All this talk of "consultations" is just building up expectations that the Bush administration will miraculously come up with a plan to pull victory from the jaws of defeat (or stomach rather, since its already been swallowed and partly digested) when really we are just meandering toward the inevitable.

Anyone else get the sense that since the death of Gerald Ford, who many say lost Vietnam even though that war was lost long before he took over, President Bush is more determined than ever not to be remembered in a similar light?

(Filed at State of the Day)