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Up All Night

Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2007 3:36 PM

The all-night Senate debate over troop withdrawal yielded a result eight votes short of the 60-vote majority needed to pass. (And, frankly, it's not an all-nighter when you're able to leave the room and nap on rollaway beds.)

But the idiocy continues as another round of rah-rah rhetoric comes down the pike. Outgoing head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, advised that we are facing a 'decades-long battle' against forces that want to 'destroy our way of life.'

The terrorist objective is not our way of life and never has been. They're not really interested in our reality television, spam, and Paris Hilton. It is our way of life, however, that enables them to recruit � feeding their followers a rationale for hatred and a reason why we are the enemy.

Gosh, how convenient that U.S. forces have captured, 'the highest-ranking Iraqi leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq'.

Doubly so, since Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani has apparently fessed up at how close the Iraq branch is with Osama bin Laden. Talk to him all the time. Ferry messages back and forth between Ayman al-Zawahiri and the Iraqi locals.

Do we have any corroboration of such meetings? Phone calls? E-mails? Or did we just waterboard the SOB and extract a confession that happens to correspond with the Chimp-in-Charge's worldview?

And does it matter? Even with a direct connection, why are we obsessing over a remote branch rather than the controlling entity? Oh, that's right, Saddam. WMDs. That still doesn't stack up, not when Osama bin Laden has been prancing about Pakistan � which has tested, deployable nuclear weapons.

Also, if it's al-Qaeda leading the parade again, then it can't be Iran sending thugs across the border, can it?

Even James Bond has the good sense not to blame SPECTRE all the time.

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