Here begins the ramble.
I don't have an opinion about this quite yet. No, that's a lie. I do have an opinion. I think that it's a good thing. Because a change, even if messy, sets the precedent that Iraq needs. And because there are elements in the current Iraqi government that we and the Iraqis would be better off without.
There's another reason. Frankly, it would make me very happy to eat these words. In part because I never could stand Richard Lugar being wrong, and that post was one of the few times that I zigged when Sen. Lugar zagged. And in part because I really do what everything to turn out OK.
In the spirit of the old Battlestar spiritual: let us not talk falsely now. Iraq was a little bit like the recent passage of the healthcare bill. Once it happened, there really is no going back. (You can admit that now, can't you?) You make the best of what you can.
It always amazes how neurons connect. I doubt the arrival of your Unicorn Warrior of Destiny, but I accept Joe Biden's point. The health care bill was a big f_ckin' deal even if the fawning over President Obama was overdone.