Tonight, on CBS, Richard Martin had a reasonably good story about the lack of vehicle armor for the soldiers in Iraq. The only bad part was when he answered the rhetorical question, “Why was the army unprepared” [I’m paraphrasing]. He said, “No one expected that 150,000 troops would still be in Iraq fighting an insurgency.” Actually, a whole lot of people worried about this exact scenario, including the former Chief of Staff of the Army and faculty of the War College (the Mad Biologist did too). Let’s be clear: those who supported the war didn’t expect this. This wasn’t a thunderbolt from the blue on a clear day; the hawks left us unprepared.
Democrats have wondered how Bush was never affected by the Iraq debacle. One reason is that the conservative media just don’t ascribe blame where blame is due.