The drumbeats of "war" with Iraq seem to continue nonstop. I think Bush is being way too optimistic and naive about what this could do to his presidency. First off, there is a distinct possibility that the economy could be worst in 6-9 months than it is now. If unemployment is higher, if the markets are still shakey, if the housing bubble/consumer bubble take a hit, who in there right mind would support an expensive "war" against Iraq (with possible OPEC oil embargo consequences)? Not to mention what would happen if Al Qaeda were to strike on US soil while he was in the final stages of drawing up "war" plans. Bush would be crushed in the polls. Focusing his attention on Iraq, when the number one threat to America remains Al Qaeda, I think the public would see through this charade (if no evidence is presented of a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq). He seems to be going out on a very long limb here.