Chait sums up the story by closing strongly.
So, there you have it, the case for supporting Bush: Trust the commander in
chief, don't undermine the troops, withdrawal equals defeat. These aren't
arguments to support Bush's strategy, they're generic pro-war arguments. Change
a few details and these lines could support Napoleon's invasion of Russia or the
Crusader occupation of Jerusalem or almost any war. Generic pro-war arguments
may be trite, but that's what you turn to when you've given up on reality.
Of course, the right will continue to hijack "patriotism" and "support our troops" despite the fact that they have not had any semblance of a plan for Iraq over the past 4 years.