Bush is to send another 21,000 troops, despite Congress falling to the Democrats and we have seen the Somalia bombing.
This is the norm, US foreign policy involves violence against real or perceived enemies and US politics is military-industrial with large arms manufacturers lobbying politicians.
The huge finance needed to win elections in the US means corporate interests can buy influence....and not just Blair but all previous UK prime ministers have maintained support for the US.
Clearly the Iraq strategy has failed for the US, will this lead to a deep seated change and the evolution of some alternative politics as we saw with the Vietnam War? I hope so.
But even the Democrats will keep to the essential script because their congress member and presidential candidates depend on corporate finance.
Its democracy but a closed managed one with alternatives finding little space.
The Green Party results in November with, for example, 11% in Illinois give some hope and the radical voices seem to be louder in the Party with people like Camajeo than in some Green Parties around the world