After watching the Democratic response last night it really struck me for the first time how far apart the Republicans and Democrats are regarding the Middle East. Pelosi and Reid were talking about how, after the "successful" election in Iraq, we now need an exit strategy. Kennedy, earlier in the week, said we need to pull out 12,000 troops today just to show we mean business (which most of his fellow Dems quickly disagreed with as an immediate action, although they agree with the concept).
Pelosi and Reid's comments were moments after Bush had put Syria and Iran directly in his sights. In fact, I'd have to go back and look, but his language regarding Syria and Iran sounded just like what he said in the State of the Union address in 2003 before the invasion of Iraq. (Paraphrasing: "And I say to the people of Iran, as you fight for liberty, we will stand with you.")
Bush and his administration haven't offered an exit strategy because they DON'T HAVE ONE, but not for the reasons the Dems are talking about (incompetence). They don't have one because Iraq is their ENTER STRATEGY.
I could see them all in the Oval office chuckling as the Dems gave their rebuttal. "These guys really don't have a clue," they chortled, I'm sure. "Shock and awe? you ain't seen nothing yet."
Unfortunately, they're right. As has been evidenced over the past 4 years, the Dems are one step behind in understanding their competition.
To use a business metaphor, most businesses that function like the Dems are functioning right now are usually out of business before they realize what happened.