President Bush just said at his press conference that anybody who has studied the Articles of Confederation knows there are periods of turmoil in an emerging democratic country.

So is he admitting that Iraq is a failed state, as the United States was under the Articles, and that they'll have to replace their constitution in a few years?

Update: Now that I think about it, we're probably already at that "few years" point. And if we're not, it's coming soon.

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