The boss live-blogged it. In a nutshell, we’re staying the course — flexibly — but our patience is not unlimited. I included the full exchange between Bush and David Gregory, which you’ll assuredly be seeing again tonight on Countdown with Keith Olbermann if you’re one of the six people who watches that show.

Gen. Casey says he expects a full takeover by Iraqi forces within 18 months but the military’s preparing for a long-term advisory role, at least. With “ethnic cleansing” going on and Maliki seemingly in no rush to stop it, it’s not clear how much influence they’ll have.

I’m also embedding the latest ad from the DNC, which represents the sum of their contribution to the Iraq debate.