It's always nice when David Brooks takes time to offer advice to Democrats, It always seem so . . . sincere. Brooks writes that if either Clinton or Obama are elected president, "the left" will demand a quick withdrawal from Iraq, leaving either candidate to face ". . . irate opposition from important sections of the military, who would feel that the U.S. was squandering the gains of the previous year. A Democratic president with few military credentials would confront outraged and highly photogenic colonels screaming betrayal." They would be screaming betrayal, all right, their own. What ever happend to all that smarmy faux-patriotic crap from the right about the proper role of the Commander in Chief? And what about the long and honorable tradition of civilian leadership of the military? So if those photogenic colonels go on Fox News or PBS, whoever is president should simply fire them or reassign them to Fort Bumfuck for the rest of their careers. Clearly, though, Brooks & other right-wing hacks are already setting the narrative for the Republicans' loss of the presidency & the attacks Democratic administration. Brooks shows not a shred of regret not a fiber of shame that the next administration will be hemmed in by the consequences of acts perpetrated by the worst, most malignant administration in American history. Whichever Democrat occupies the White House next year, they had better sit the Republican leadership down on the day after the inauguration & give them a choice between playing nice & getting ripped to pieces every day for their malfeasance. I voted for Obama, but HRC might be better at this that my candidate, who I fear still believes it is possible to reason with the right wing. On the other hand, given the enthusiasm of his supporters, Obama might win by a large enough margin to claim something like a mandate & then be able to use that to beat the Republicans with not only their failure to govern but their failure to let anyone govern.