Times: And it [Iraq war] created a new front where the United States will have to continue to battle terrorist forces and enlist local allies who reject the idea of an Iraq hijacked by international terrorists. –> TwoGlasses:
Or we could, you know, not do that. We could stop pretending that
international terrorists are this incredibly scary existential threat that demands we go to permanent DefCon 5 status. We could commit ourselves instead to bolstering international intelligence and policing efforts, tracking these irritating bastards down like the criminals they are instead of glorifying their pretensions by supposing they’re a proper adversary for our military.