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Eight months ago the Iranians elected a radical, Islamic President. Last week the Palestinians put into power a political party who wants Israel destroyed. In both cases the Iranians and Palestinians were reacting to American foreign policy. Instead of being "wimps" and negotiating with people, we decided we had to show the world what a bunch of tough guys we were, and now everyone else has to elect their own tough guys to show they're not gonna get pushed around. So we push them and they push us and who knows where it'll all lead?
If the Iranians and Palestinians can feel free to spit in our faces a little, they can do so because by invading Iraq we've shown the world that we're not so tough after all. I know some people are saying, and I used to believe it myself, that if we had only done the right thing in Iraq: helped rebuild their country and really make a better life for Iraqis things would be different. But you know what, if we had that much class we would have never invaded Iraq in the first place. Frankly I never expected much of anything from the corrupt, incompetent jerks we have running the country now. The only tool they have is a hammer, so every problem looks like a nail. And now we're all getting screwed.
But give credit where credit's due: the Republicans, their corporatist allies and their cronies in the so-called "professional" media have managed to accomplish something extraordinary. In just five short years, they turned the greatest country in the world into a laughingstock. I'm sure they're all very proud.
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