Things are changing in the middle east. Things that a certain element, commonly referred to as the "chattering class", has been telling us were impossible. Consider -
Elections in Afghanistan. Elections in Iraq. Not perfect elections, but elections nonetheless.
Libya gives up its WMD programs and begins to rejoin the world community.
Egypt announces it's going to hold elections.
Saudi Arabia does the same.
The Palestinians hold an election, made possible by the death of Yassir Arafat.
My gosh . . . could the Evil Neocons have been right? Is the Bush Plan for World Domination and Hegemony Uber Alles actually working?
Nah. Couldn't be.
But what if it is? Oh me, oh my.
This line of thought brings up another idea. A bit more sinister. Suppose all the "mistakes" that have been made in Iraq were done on purpose in order to camoflage what was really going on. Make the Great Satan seem a little less implacable, reduce the perceived threat of spreading democracy, or any other weird crap you want to attach to it. My thinking's a little fuzzy on this point right now, and I'm not known for my membership in the tinfoil hat brigade, but it bears thinking about.
It will be interesting to see what the next couple years bring. Yes indeed, very interesting.