It is my modest suggestion that insofar as the war in Iraq is concerned, a stage be added between BARGAINING and DEPRESSION:
Let's call it BLAME (It's not my fault that this is happening).That is pretty much where an increasing number of people who should know better are going these days. Peter Beinert sums up this blame game thusly at The New Republic:
"Across ideological lines, American politicians and pundits are finally coming to a consensus on Iraq: It's the Iraqis' fault. 'We gave the Iraqis their freedom,' pronounced liberal California Senator Barbara Boxer . . . 'What are they doing with this freedom? They're killing each other.' The next day, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer heartily concurred, writing: 'We have given the Iraqis a republic, and they do not appear able to keep it.' "