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Monday, October 21, 2002
 
So, with the War on Terror, the assault on civil liberties, installation of a friendly regime in place of the Taliban, with all the flag-waving and chest-pounding that's gone on, "They're [still] coming after us?"

Gee, that's disappointing. After all the trouble we went to to pretend that the causes of terrorism weren't important, that we'd be better off attacking the symptoms (or, failing that, things that somewhat resemble symptoms), we've got more attacks to look forward to.

Translation: America doesn’t have the resources to take on the threats it’s hearing about, much less the ones it doesn’t yet know about. And that doesn’t include invading Iraq—which will require another level of attention, money and personnel. The CIA is already “stressed out,” says one agency officer. It’s not just a question of whether the United States may be biting off more than it can chew by taking on Iraq, says this source: “The fact is, we haven’t been able to chew what’s in our mouth for 10 years.”

So, instead of getting the Israelis and Palestinians to the bargaining table, instead of removing our troops from Saudi Arabia, instead of rethinking our unilateralist policies and actually listening to what other countries have to say, we'll just buckle down and muddle our way through endless terrorism and endless war, for which we're woefully underprepared.

Sounds about right.