... and realize it's an onrushing freight train surging toward him from behind. Hasn't happened yet, but it's only a matter of time. Meanwhile, he basks in being Dubya's new best buddy and boss. Frank Rich:
"It was The Washington Post that first quantified Gen. Petraeus' remarkable ascension," Rich writes. "President Bush, who mentioned his new Iraq commander's name only six times as the surge rolled out in January, has cited him more than 150 times in public utterances since, including 53 in May alone."By the time the train runs over Petraeus, he wil have served his purpose. Bush will have successfully passed on the forever war to a Democratic president. Unless. We. Stop. Him.
Rich adds, "And so another constitutional principle can be added to the long list of those junked by this administration: the quaint notion that our uniformed officers are supposed to report to civilian leadership. In a de facto military coup, the commander in chief is now reporting to the commander in Iraq. We must 'wait to see what David has to say,' Bush says."