June 8, 2006
So the news of the day is that noted Iraqi terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a US airstrike. Now everyone will cheer. Those who want us to stay in Iraq will claim that a corner has been turned and that we are now on our way to victory. In a few days it will be clear that nothing has changed, that the violence is continuing, that the political process remains deadlocked. al-Zarqawi's death will be added to the list of "achievements" along with Saddam's capture, three elections, and an untold number of schools getting painted. But the fundamental facts on the ground will remain unchanged. Iraq will remain unsolvable.