This has been one of those days when I indulge myself in a session in front of a mirror, smiling at myself in a sly, self-congratulatory way. What I have achieved is to put some 500 more boots on the ground in Iraq, under the guise of "trainers" of Iraqi troops. Of course, the training consists of bird-shot shells fired at Iraqi butts when they begin to break ranks in the face of ISIL. This discourages further panic and even a full Iraqi retreat. With a modicum of luck I can get a couple thousand more US "trainers" over there without Congress even noticing.