O'HANLON: He has one last shot, and that's the way to look at it, I think. It's Hail, Mary time.
And a rare moment of self-awareness:
MICHAEL O'HANLON, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: So each year the theory of victory, or the theory of ultimate success, that we had was either invalidated or displaced by something else.
Michael O'Hanlon, wrong for 4+ years and counting. Of course it doesn't matter much as his paycheck keeps coming while US troops keep getting killed.