Why the hay is the White House only now undertaking a policy review?It is probable that what is driving the postponement decision is that there is nothing, in practical terms, that the White House can do to alter events on the ground in Iraq or perceptions at home.
Go ahead. Just shoot me.
How's this for perceptions:
* An L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll finds that 70 percent of Americans want a new direction in Iraq.
* A CBS News poll finds that Americans think the war in Iraq is going badly and getting worse, and think it's time for the U.S. either to change its strategy or start getting out. Some 43 percent say the U.S. should keep fighting, but with new tactics, while 50 percent say the U.S. should begin to end its involvement altogether. Only 4 percent say the U.S. should keep fighting as it is doing now.
* A WaPo-ABC News poll shows seven in 10 Americans disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation in Iraq -- the highest percentage since the war began. Six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting, while a majority say they agree with the Iraq Study Group's recommendations.
* A Newsweek poll finds that 48 percent of Americans say they want U.S. forces home within a year and 67 percent want them back within two years. Only 23 percent believe they should stay as long as it takes to achieve U.S. goals.
* A Gallup poll finds less than half of Americans are willing to say that they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in Bush to recommend the right actions for Iraq.