Not any more. As we all now know, the president and his advisers were hopelessly naive. This week, even Bush criticized the lack of political progress in Baghdad. What started as a dream of a democratic Iraq has been continually scaled back, even by the president and his supporters.
Here's the latest reality check, courtesy of CNN.com:
Nightmarish political realities in Baghdad are prompting American officials to curb their vision for democracy in Iraq. Instead, the officials now say they are willing to settle for a government that functions and can bring security.