Barbara Lerner has an excellent piece of analysis in the National Review Online, wherein she points to three mistakes that the United States made in Iraq and discusses what to do about Iran. Thumbing her nose at the conventional wisdom, She completely vindicates Donald Rumsfeld and places the blame for both our successes and our failures in Iraq squarely on the shoulders of George Bush:
The surest way to draw ... wrong conclusions [about Iraq] would be to accept the analysis of the rebel generals currently baying for our Defense secretary's head, because the three mistakes they harp on aren't mistakes at all, and the three big mistakes we really did make weren't made by Donald Rumsfeld. They are the mistakes of the State Department, the CIA, and the rebel generals themselves, along with two other mistake-prone groups David Frum rightly added to my April 30 list in May 2004: "the British Foreign Office," and "most of the better-known foreign policy pundits." But it was John O'Sullivan in a National Review piece later that same May who put the responsibility for all our major decisions in Iraq-the winning ones and the losing ones-squarely where it belongs: on the shoulders of the man in charge, the man who tried to have it both ways, our president.
One should not get the impression, though, that Lerner is anti-Bush. She simply thinks that Bush listened to the wrong people on what to do about Iraq and doesn't want him to make those same mistakes with Iran.
One thing Barbara Lerner doesn't recommend, but I do, is that Bush name her National Security Advisor. She's smart, tough, and she's right. You won't read anything like this in the New York Times, but it's hard to argue with her analysis or her recommendations. Read the whole thing. It's important.