It's easy to reflect back and consider just how close George Bush came to historical greatness, yet how far he swung away from that unparalleled opportunity to instead be considered one of the worst presidents ever.
When Obama's agenda began to peter out under the weight of Republican obstructionism and his own tendency to play it safe, it was the Democratic base that worked the hardest trying to prevent him from falling.
Before our collective memory fades, I just want us to be honest with ourselves and present an unsanitized version of how they pulled off this war. We invaded Iraq because most Americans -- including good liberals -- wanted to.
The debacle in Iraq is not merely a result of errors in planning or poor decision-making. Soldiers are still risking their lives every day in Iraq, "combat" or no "combat," and many more will die for this policy our neo-con leaders handed down to us.
The issue now before us is not just whether the Bush Administration was wrong about Guantanamo but whether it was also consistently deceitful in holding hundreds of innocent men in prison to cover up their own mistakes.
Let's not fool ourselves: troops firing at the range is a cold rehearsal of killing, firing at paper silhouettes -- flat, faceless representations of unnameable casualties, very many of whom will suffer agonizing deaths or agonizing lives.
It's high time for lawmakers to stop posturing around imaginary threats that prevents the federal government from bringing actual terrorists to justice and releasing those who don't deserve to be in prison.