Again and again I hear that we “must do” this or that or some other thing in Iraq. I hear that we “cannot allow” a bloodbath, a disaster, a defeat. But by a large percentage the American people have concluded that the war is a mistake and a lost cause. That consensus firms up with every poll.

Before we can talk realistically about what we “must do” or “cannot allow” we have to account for the fact that the American people no longer wish to swell the ranks of the military or write the eleven and twelve figure checks.

So, here’s my question: name the public figure who could, even theoretically, change the consensus opinion of the American people.