The biggest failure with the Iraq War has been the total lack of planning. The people who laid out good plans lost their jobs, and instead the administration has decided to wing the entire thing. That deadly mentality is continuing:
The administration lacks an updated and comprehensive Iraq strategy to move beyond the “surge” of combat troops President Bush launched in January 2007 as an 18-month effort to curtail violence and build Iraqi democracy, government investigators said yesterday.
While agreeing with the administration that violence has decreased sharply, a report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office concluded that many other goals Bush outlined a year and a half ago in the “New Way Forward” strategy remain unmet.
The report, after a bleak GAO assessment last summer, cited little improvement in the ability of the Iraqi security forces to act independently of the U.S. military, and noted that key legislation passed by the Iraqi parliament had not been implemented while other crucial laws had not been passed. The report also judged that key Iraqi ministries spent less of their allocated budgets last year than in previous years, and said that oil and electricity production had repeatedly not met U.S. targets.
Remember the whole idea of the surge was to get violence down so that goals could be met. Well we did get the violence down, but the goals are still not being met. What plan does Bush has to deal with this? None. What plan does McCain have to deal with this? None. We can call this a stalemate. The only option now is to tell Iraq they are on their own. They have not accepted our help, so we will no longer offer it. That is basically the plan of Obama and the next logical step in this quagmire.