The shoot down of the Chinook this weekend really hit home with my BIL being in the local area. It got me to thinking that we have not really talked about the war in a while. I just read the article above and I came away even more convinced that we did the right thing - maybe we did not sell it to the people the best way - but the world will be a better place.
Oh, here is my message to the Iraqi people: Quit shooting, get your shit together, and hold an election and we are out of your country faster than you can say "dung beetle." We do not like you or really give a shit about you. Moreover, we would like to leave. However, unlike America in the last 40 years we are not going to run away if you kill some troops. In fact, you'll likely find our nice guy routine starting to wear thin in the next month or two. If you get what I mean - wink wink nudge nudge.
Therefore, if you keep shooting at us, and if Bush is re-elected, we will be there until every insurgent is dead or hiding. At least for the next 5 years. If on the other hand you got your act together - fake it if you have to - you give us an excuse to leave. Then you can have your coupe de ta and go back to being Baathist Thugs - (a litter wiser from the experience I hope). France would be glad to help you then and we can all live happily ever after. Even the press - they get to say I told you so. After all, they were wrong on everything else so far.