P.J. O’Rourke seems to be with me on Iraq — i.e. teach ‘em a lesson, then
clear out: “A mess was left behind. But it’s a mess without a military to
fight aggressive wars; a mess without the facilities to develop dangerous
weapons; a mess that cannot systematically kill, torture, and oppress
millions of its citizens. It’s a mess with a message – don’t mess with us.
As frightening as terrorism is, it’s the weapon of losers. When someone
detonates a suicide bomb, that person does not have career prospects. And
no matter how horrific the terrorist attack, it’s conducted by losers.
Winners don’t need to hijack airplanes. Winners have an air force.”