I'm pretty excited about what is going on in Lebanon at the moment. I'm particularly excited about how this development has really put a sour taste in the mouths of those that doubted Bush's plan to democratize the region. I explained Bush's ultimate goal for the Middle East to a friend of mine shortly before we upended Saddam Hussein's regime (2003?). Stating that the goal of the Iraqi endeavor was not oil, a puppet government, etc. but to plant a democracy smack dab in the heart of the Middle East that would serve both as a model and to pressure those despotic regimes that border it, he replied, "that's insane!". I further explained that a free republic that borders Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia would present clear competition to the tyrannies it bordered, that people that live under tyranny would look across the border and wonder why they couldn't have that same freedom. A similar response occurred. Well, it is happening. Not only that, but there looks to be a REAL shot at a Palestinian/Israeli peace. None of this would be possible without taking out Iraq. It might be presumptuous of me at this juncture, but I'm going on record. Within the next two years, Iranian and Syrian governments will have been upended by popular revolution. Freedom is in the air.
Bush isn't looking so stupid these days, is he?