Lt. General Douglas E. Lute, President Bush's nominee Iraq war czar, said yesterday that conditions in Iraq have not improved significantly, despite the so called "surge" of U.S. troops in recent months.
General Lute went on to say that, absent any major political reform, violence will continue to rage over the next year.
General Lute, asked by Bush to serve as a new high-powered White House coordinator of the war, told senators at a confirmation hearing that Iraqi factions "have shown so far very little progress" toward the reconciliation necessary to stem the bloodshed.
If that does not change, he said, "we're not likely to see much difference in the security situation" a year from now.
The war is unwinnable, the only reason that Bush keeps the troops there is so that he does not lose face before his term of office expires.