Sorry Alon but as a journalist and thinker you cannot be taken seriously. When someone resorts to simplistic and tired "cowboys and Indians" as your foundation parable and metaphor, it already means that your argument is weak. Your opening paragraph is striken by a lack of "minding the gaps". You seem to have forgotten your earlier years when a parade of presidents all failed to bring peace to this region. Clinton failed with style, as did Bush Sr., Carter and Nixon. So George is not a new event, he has failed as well, and are we too fault him for trying a new tack? Alon history did not begin and end with George W., his is but another administration that has been attempting to put make-up on a hog. We are faced with something more evil than "Neo-Conservative" thinking. Please remember what the N-C term means. These were all people who once-upon-a-time thought like you did, Diet Leftists. They saw the tragedy of their ways, and like many of us fled from the Left.
Death toll from Iraq car bombs rises to 37 (Reuters)
from the article: A conference of cowboys