I note that men of vision generally do not shy from predicting the outcome, even when those around them are "certain" the vision is impossible.
As an example I can't help but think of President Reagan's speech in Berlin "Mr. Gorbachov...tear down this wall!"
President Bush is not afraid of predicting the future either.
“A free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East is going to be a game-changer, an agent of change. It's going to send a clear signal that the terrorists can't win and that a free society is a better way to lift the hopes and aspirations of the average person.”...Reminds me of the saying "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." Perhaps they are on to something there.
“It's important for. . .those who love freedom in Iran to see. I mean, listen, a free Iraq on the border of Iran is going to send a very clear signal to those who want to be free -- that a free society is very possible.”