Now, I do have one somewhat off-the-wall option: Send Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney over there and let them try to negotiate a solution. And tell them they can’t come home until they’re successful. After all, they’re the ones who created this mess in the first place.

And honestly, I don’t know how these things keep sneaking up on us. First Eric Cantor, now this. Is it the media’s fault? Are all the media outlets that used to cover this stuff now so busy posting cat videos and “What country would you be?” polls and the like that they don’t have time for real news?

Or, worse yet, are we doomed to a generational fight with people who love death more than they love life, and who despise our way of life? Will we be forced to play Islamic terrorist whack-a-mole across the Middle East? And if so, at what cost?