The New York Times reports on Maliki's charge into Basra:
...interviews with a wide range of American and military officials also suggest that Mr. Maliki overestimated his military’s abilities and underestimated the scale of the resistance. The Iraqi prime minister also displayed an impulsive leadership style that did not give his forces or that of his most powerful allies, the American and British military, time to prepare.
“He went in with a stick and he poked a hornet’s nest, and the resistance he got was a little bit more than he bargained for,” said one official in the multinational force in Baghdad who requested anonymity. “They went in with 70 percent of a plan. Sometimes that’s enough. This time it wasn’t.”Let's see, an army and a leadership formed by consent of the Bush administration, and trained by a Pentagon under hand-picked Bush generals..."impulsive leadership?" "Underestimated scale of resistance?" "Poked a hornet's nest?" "70% of a plan?"
Sounds like a Bush invasion.
Bush called it "a defining moment."
Hmmm? The definition of "failure" is....