I use the term “wingnut republican” for a reason. I think most sensible Republicans are coming to terms with the Iraq disaster. Not only that, most sensible Republicans also appear to be coming to terms with being Independent voters.

The WaPo gives us a look inside the US Embassy in Iraq:

Hours before President Bush left on a surprise trip last Monday to the Green Zone in Baghdad for an upbeat assessment of the situation there, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq painted a starkly different portrait of increasing danger and hardship faced by its Iraqi employees. This cable, marked “sensitive” and obtained by The Washington Post, outlines in spare prose the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees’ constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.

View the entire cable in pdf format

Not only that, but it appears Al Qaeda has kidnapped two US soldiers after having killed one. Al Qaeda, you know, that group we crippled by killing Zarqawi/ Yeah, that Al Qaeda. Chin up, folks! Gettin’ better every day!