continuing the permanent war

So I was reading the latest comments by William Kristol on opposition in Congress to the escalation of hostilities in Iraq, and they sounded a bit familiar:

Itís so irresponsible that they canít be quiet for six or nine months and say the president has made a decision, weíre not going to change that decision, weíre not going to cut off funds and insist on the troops coming back, so letís give it a chance to work.

(Emphasis mine.)† I kept getting that tickle in the back of my brain, so I searched this very same blog for the phrase “six months” and found something eerily familiar:

Six months.† Just let this play out.

Date written?† May 2006, about “six to nine months” ago.† (Follow that link for a similar chain of six-month timelines, stretching back to 2003.)† How many more six-to-nine-month extensions are we going to be asked for?† How many thousand-death promissory notes?