Like some other people, I haven’t been posting much about Iraq because frankly I’m too depressed about the situation. And this post by Josh Marshall is just about the most depressing thing I’ve ever read. I’m not sure what to say about it — war is war. But war makes me want to throw up, especially when every action that took us to this point was completely voluntary on our part.

Update: Here’s Tony Blair on why we can’t give up in Iraq. Eloquent, of course, but missing a lot. The most important question right now is what the plan is to stop the killing in Iraq, and to get the country on the path toward becoming something positive. I have incredible sympathy for the Iraqi people, their country went from being one kind of hell on earth to being a different kind of hell on earth. One thing I’ve surmised from all the news coverage is that there aren’t enough people in Iraq keeping the peace to keep the peace. We can put down the current uprising by violence — when it comes to applying violence, the US military is the best that there ever was. But that’s such a small part of the big picture. My number one source of reticence before the war began was that the Bush administration wasn’t competent to take Iraq from where it was to where it needed to be, and nothing we’ve seen in Iraq has proven me wrong. I desperately want to be wrong.