Apparently the new Robert Gates (Secretary of War under both Bush and Obama) memoir contains what the author considers a damning detail:
If true, I say "hip, hip hooray!" Gates presents a picture of two politicians listening to their constituents who had by 2006 figured out that George W's Iraq war was a pointless exercise, murderous to Iraqis and US soldiers alike. The conventional stance would have been to insist that "national security" required the US to find a formula for "victory." Skepticism, founded in awareness of public opinion, was evidence that these two recognized the countervailing pressure of democratic (small "d") politics. More power to 'em!