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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 defending our freedoms." Presidential approval ratings often sky rocket for the opening salvos (until the casualities get reported).

    I'm with Pudge on this one: defend yourself, but fix your broken foreign policy as a first deterent against hostility. After all, Hussien wouldn't be a threat today if we didn't arm him in the first place [zmag.org]. It's not like 9-11 or the previous WTC attack were random acts of violence -- the US is backing some unpopular players in the Mid-East (Isreal, Saudi Arabia).

    Whether we go to war or not says a lot about Bush's power in America. Whatever happens, this is going to be a very interesting fall.

    • 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 Ira