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  • The republicans are in tough place. There are mid-term elections around the corner and the economy is in the crapper. What's more, the House and Senate are very evenly split. The Republicans really want a majority in the senate, but voters can be so uncooperative about voting for the dominate party when they don't have jobs.

    What can the GOP do?

    Start a war! Everyone loves a war. American's gather around the flag, watch "Black Hawk Down" and get misty-eyed about the "valiant sacrifices our boys make defen

    • While I agree that our policies in regard to Saudi Arabia and Israel are big reasons Why They Hate Us, I am not in favor of changing those policies, and I do not think they are bad.

      Israel is mostly a good friend to us, and without our support, they very well may all die. It would be in every way wrong to turn our back on Israel merely because other people don't like it.

      As to Saudi Arabia, while I don't like them much, it's not like we are controlling their country's destiny, like we did with Iraq and Iran, except insofar as we protect them from Iraqi aggression. I don't have a problem with that kind of "intervention," and we get three important things out of it: oil, military bases, and an important political partner in the region.

      Anyway, I agree with you that whether we go to war says a lot about Bush's power if that war is not clearly justified by Iraqi aggression. I am not in any way convinced that we are going to war, and that if we are, that there's not a good (read: justifiable :-) reason for it. We'll see!