The Nation, via Yahoo, provides a concise explanation of why Bush is so stuck when it comes to Iraq:
There are two elephants in the room when it comes to Iraq, and for some reason the establishment press can never quite bring itself to broach the subjects: permanent bases and access to oil. It’s fairly clear that Bush is not going to withdraw from Iraq no matter what happens. Part of this is due to the fact that he has decided that as long as we stay in Iraq we can’t lose the war, and he doesn’t want to lose it. But there’s also the not-so-minor fact that if we withdraw from Iraq we’ll have a hard time establishing permanent bases and may not have any secure access to the country’s oil.
“Stay the course”
“You’re with us against us”
“When they stand up, we’ll stand down.”
“A New Way Forward”
All just ways to buy time for Bush with the American people. Time that costs billions of dollars and thousands of lives.