“The bottom line of the testimony this week from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker is that, even after the surge, what gains have been made in Iraq are, as Petraeus put it, â€˜fragile and reversible,â€™” columnist E.J. Dionne wrote. “For the administrationâ€™s friends, this can only mean that we need to stay the course. President Bush endorsed that approach yesterday, meaning that 140,000 or so troops are likely to still be in Iraq when he leaves office. But the administrationâ€™s critics (and even some sympathizers) see the current policy as the equivalent of constructing an expensive road, under hazardous conditions, without being able to explain where the road will lead. The road becomes an end in itself. The point is to keep building it in the hope that it will eventually arrive at some lovely destination. Such a project can go on only so long before someone points out the obvious, which is what Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., did during the hearings: â€˜I think people want a sense of what the end is going to look like.â€™ ”
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