Do you really believe that such a Herculean move--bringing the Cradle of Civilization forward a couple of hundred years into a gender-equitable society, among other things, --should be expected to be a clean, quick operation?
I think that belief is irrational, don't you?
I would say that believing that is what is happening is more irrational, more hopeful-yes, but irrational and naive nonetheless.
BTW: Prior to the invasion, despite the dire political circumstances under Saddam, Iraq was more gender-equitable than any of it's neighbors one could care to list.
Unless the Arab League does something there will be civil war in Iraq for the next twenty years. There is nothing any Western nation can do about it.
As to what Bush should do. He should announce that he's done all he can. He's worked and worked and now he thinks it time for him and Dick to have a little time off. Announce they are going fishing or pheasant hunting and that Dennis Hastert will be running the country from now until the next election.
What a relief.
Joe(he's worked so hard.)Nation