It's The Politics, Stupid!
Kevin Drum has it right:
Before the war, we passed up a chance to take out terrorist mastermind Abu Musab Zarqawi — for political reasons. We invaded with too few troops — for political reasons. We lowballed the cost of the war — for political reasons. We ignored the UN and then turned around and pleaded for their help — for political reasons. Then we installed Iyad Allawi as president behind the UN's back — for political reasons.
Of course, we've heard this before from John DiIulio. Suskind said:
"There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus," says DiIulio. "What you’ve got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm. It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis."
All decisions are being made by the political arm of this beast; the policy arm has withered and atrophied. Occasionally it will twitch and jerk, and produce something like the despicable "Middle-Class Tax Cut," somethings for which both parties ought to be ashamed.
Gotta love the 2 party system. 2 Americas, and my America isn't having a party.