We recount the details of the horrendous tragedy of errors we know as the Iraq war. The deceptions of both self and the American people are chronicled in the press almost daily, new revelation appearing before old revelation has been fully absorbed. The stage is crowded, the farce goes on. American credibility has in large part already been destroyed, the president's near-catatonic staying of his rhetorical course notwithstanding. A failed state of war. Nor is there reason to believe that in another week or another month or another six months the situation in Iraq will dramatically improve.