Seriously I think I'd rather watch back-to-back "World Series of Video Games" than tonight's speech. Yes, I'd still want to blow my brains out during the show, but at least on WSVG the outcome is not predictable.
Thank God I don't have TV.
Now I don't pretend to be any kind of expert on the Middle East, and maybe that's a good thing for the purpose of this post. Because I think it would be helpful for policy makers in Washington* to hear it from a non-expert civilian just how things appear from her perspective. There are a limited number of outcomes, it seems to me, for Iraq:
1. Iraq gets partitioned into four separate Iraqs: Sunni, Shiite, Kurd, and Chevron.
2. Iraq gets a permanent nation-repair-lift at the Halliburton Nation Repair and School Paint Shop (see the SOTU tonight, betcha).
3. Iraq develops a Swiss-style democracy in less than 18 months and changes its National Anthem to Kum-Ba-Ya.
4. Well, since the policy maker in Washington clearly still believes in number 4, we might as well bring up his second-favorite fantasy, the "Scooby Doo" ending:
*(and apparently there is only really one policy maker since he's decided he doesn't need any advice except from Cheney.)