President Bush unveiled his plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq last night, taking a risk he can turn it around.
His platform was clear -- withdrawing from Iraq and allowing it to continue to devolve into disaster would be an unacceptable failure, one that would surely embolden the terrorists.
And his plan is straightforward -- quell the insurgency and hold the Iraqi government accountable for its progress.
Politically speaking, this is his last chance to get it right -- if allied forces don't crush Al Qaida and sectarian militias swiftly and definitively, the GOP will be the losers in the next presidential election.
The Democrats have problems of their own however. They've squawked about the additional troops and made noises about blocking funding, but they don't dare. That would make them look like don't support our troops.
They also failed to provide an alternative plan -- apparently they haven't figured how to run away and abandon our allies without looking like cowards.
"Don't flap your arms so much. And don't run with your knees up so high. And for the love of gravy, stop shrieking!"
So if the president succeeds, the Dems are the losers in 2008.
If they block the extra troops and he fails, everyone gets the stink on them, and 2008 is a foodfight.
The America public may be tired with the war and impatient with the situation. But the one thing they won't tolerate is failure.