THE IRAQ WAR HAS TAKEN A STUNNING TWIST — or "new phase" as President Bush seems to be downplaying it - with the prospect of Iran joining the fray.
Meanwhile, as the days in Iraq are marked by ever more blood and confusion, recommendations are awaited by the Iraq Study Group, led by former Secretary of State James Baker III and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., expected next month. Reportedly, among its recommendations is directly seeking help from Iran - and Syria, another of the "Axis of Evil" that Bush blames for the "War on Terror" and for invading Iraq.
And, oh yes, the Taliban is resurging in Afghanistan, now controlling the southern portion of that country, and spreading.
But all is going according to plan, yes? Says Bush: "We'll continue to be flexible and we'll make the changes necessary to succeed."