Glenn Greenwald has an excellent takedown of Tom Friedman and the rest of the stay the course crowd today here. It is must read material.
I'd only like to add one thing. The guys that Greenwald is talking about collectively share a trait with someone you know. It's that chump that you invite to every poker game you play because he never ever folds. You know the guy, he plays every hand to the end hoping to get wired into a nuts hand even when his cards are shit. He rarely, if ever does.
The same thing goes for all the Friedmans on Iraq, only even worse, we're only getting one card to try to make the hand, and that one card isn't even coming every deal, but rather every third. We're down $350 billion but they'll keep playing the game searching for ponies that will never come.