I've heard mention infinite times that this or that action by the Bush administration will "whip the terrorist into a frenzy" so to speak. Now I've been wondering... is that necessarily a bad thing? You can't shoot a mole in a hole, but a little bait may give you a target. Though it may cost lives, surely to do it now is better than later, since while they may kill people now, they won't be around to poison minds into who knows what sort of horrific bullshit later. So I think it's really best to do a moderate amount to piss off the would be terrorists such that they come out to play. A somewhat grim and cold addition to this is that it's even better if you can draw them out somewhere besides the US, which is Bush's mandate by the nature of his position, which is exactly what he's accomplishing. Really to me - from a strategic perspective, it's freakin beautiful. I mean, the strategy here (disregarding the ability to rebuild the government) from the perspective of gaining an advantage in the "war on terror" seems pretty damned good to me. The stated goal is to take down states who harbor terrorists.... Iraq is the perfect place to start for a number of strategic/historical reasons. - we already had a grudge against them, making them the perfect scapegoat - prideful, horrific dictator so you get teh humanitarian thing for freeing the people. - iraq is basically terrorist central at least geographically. basically the missouri or terror nation if you konw what I mean, bordering/near all the countries who need to be scared of us. (they need to be scared so they take the damn assertion 'you will not allow terrorists to play in your country' seriously). this allows us to set up camp right where we need to, as we'll likely have to have a military presence for years to come... so we get the bonus of being able to run intelligence operations/recon/attacks on cells from close in the region. seems like a sound strategy to me... but I don't have the information that the fellas in washington are privy to either. hrmph. Thoughts?