Anyone who thinks the Democrats will prove better than the Republicans on the whole question of blindly stupid nationalism should read Jim Henley today. Seems, the Dems have decided to denounce Maliki's attempts to co-opt elements of the Sunni insurgency by dangling amnesty. Duncan Black, naturally, takes the hackiest possible line.
I also want to praise the Economist's belated recognition that the Bush administration cares more about appearances at home than the reality in Iraq. Bush goes to Iraq unannounced, thereby undermining Maliki's manhood at precisely the moment he most needs to establish his nationalist bona fides.