IT’S A QUAGMIRE: “The troops were supposed to be home by now, but instead, faced with increasing violence, political leaders are planning a surge. Iraq? Nah, New Orleans. . . . They said New Orleans was supposed to be a cakewalk; some neocons even called it ‘the Big Easy.’ They sold us a bill of goods, promising the natives would greet us with beads and celebratory parades. Instead we got murder and mayhem. Cindy Sheehan was right: U.S. out of New Orleans!”

Heh. We should have realized that the local government was irretrievably corrupt and factionalized.