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Thu, Oct. 6th, 2005, 04:01 pm
We have met the evil empire, and they is us.

From Yahoo! News: "President Bush sought Thursday to revive waning public support for the war in Iraq, accusing militants of seeking to establish a "radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia" with Iraq serving as the main front."

We've been sold the fear line so often that we're running out of countries to be afraid of. Ooh, Spain! The evil empire! With their armada of wooden ships and chicken paella.

Bush calls Syria and Iran "allies of convenience" of Islamic radicals. Because we never make friends with morally questionable countries for our own convenience. Bush just holds hands with the Emir of Saudi Arabia 'cos he picked their defense for his fantasy soccer team. Go Fighting Imams!

We're claiming to have foiled all these Al-Qaida plots since 9/11. I hope he's right. I mean, I may have kids I don't know about, but I'm not being sued for child support, so I guess the condoms must have worked.

Speaking of pulling out, support for early withdrawal from Iraq continues a steady climb. Bush equates withdrawal to the temptation to "seek the quiet life, to escape the duties and problems of the world and to hope the enemy grows weary of fanaticism and tired of murder." I felt the same way when I was trying to kill a spider infestation with a sledgehammer. Then I thought, "You know, maybe there's a better way." Maybe the sledgehammer method causes more problems than it solves.  And it's not foolish or unpatriotic to say so.