It hit me tonight: Joe needs to go to Iraq.
I don’t mean he needs to pick up a gun and hunt down insurgents, though if he wants to give it a try, that’s fine by me. But it also doesn’t mean he should fly in, wave at the troops and get the hell out ASAP.
What he needs to do is travel the country, talk to the troops, visit with Iraqi political leaders in their homes and offices, see the ruined mosques and shattered homes, speak with the children lying in ransacked hospitals with terrifying wounds, all of it, for as long as it takes.
And what he needs to figure out during that visit is how to end this awful war. He should stay until he can present a coherent, reasonable plan to bring the fighting to an end.
It’s his war. Let him do what it takes to bring it to a close.