Freshly back from China and Japan, where I was Guest of Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention. An amazing experience which I will relate at here ... a bit later.
But first an alert!
If you have never watched the George Clooney movie THREE KINGS, see it tonight on FX. Record it to show that "ostrich conservative" you've been working on. Beneath the adventure movie is a very clear depiction of what George Bush Senior did to the Shiites of Iraq, back in 1991... the worst stain on American honor in our entire history, allowing Saddam to murder almost a million people who we had promised -- in Bush Sr's own words, broadcast on Army radio! -- to liberate.
Seriously. Bush urged them to "rise up" against Saddam, promising that "we're on our way!" Only to betray them to that monster, standing aside while he butchered them. When General Schwarzkopf PLEADED to be given just 12 more hours to reach Basra.
Instead we consigned the Iraqis to 12 more YEARS of hell.
And these fools had the gall to claim we'd be greeted, in 2003, with "kisses and flowers"?
They are the ones who sowed the seeds of 9/11.