Great column from Rosa Brooks in The LA Times "Iraq today also still moves in darkness. We should be glad of the lull in violence, but if stability in Iraq depends on miles of concrete walls and an indefinite U.S. occupation, that's not 'victory.' It's defeat."

Right. I should note that I mean that pretty literally: Having a large body of American soldiers bogged down in an indefinite occupation of Iraq is a huge strategic boon to al-Qaeda. I know that nobody cares about foreign policy anymore, and Paul Krugman assures me that "no Democrat is not going to end this war" even though some of them seem to be planning to continue it indefinitely but this stuff seems like a big deal to me.