We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Everybody knows" that Iraq is a disaster. I call that wishful thinking on the part of those who cannot abide a Republican success. Not only do the insurgents spike up the volume before elections in Iraq - so do the Lefty commentators at home. Elections in Iraq belie all of the propaganda. Aaronovitch at TimesOnline asks "A disaster, compared to what?" Here.
US Federal Deficit: It's ugly. We should have had a temporary War Tax.
The SOHO spacecraft: Didn't know it existed. Extremely cool. ScienceTimes
We did get rid of Saddam. People seem to forget that he killed over 400,000 civilians, unilaterally started wars on his peaceful neighbors and claimed he had weapons of mass distruction. He was an aspiring Hitler and I am very thankful that we took him out before he became more powerful.
But, you can't win. We "failed to go in" to Rwanda and interfere there with their internal politics so people blame the US for not acting. We did go in to Serbia, Iraq, Afganistan and took out oppressive dictators thus freeing the people and saving hundreds of thousands of lives. If we don't save the world people will complain. If we do save the world people will complain. There will always be complainers. The best thing is to keep doing what is right. Saddam was a threat and a despot. He's done with. Next.