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.
If Al Qaeda in Iraq were a traditional nation state enemy, they would likely be negotiating peace terms about now. As they are a non-nation state terrorist organization they have to find a new host nation that will allow them to flourish as they did in Afghanistan prior to 2001. History may prove the Bush doctrine correct. Defeat terrorism by defeating the governments of nations that support them.