About that "last throes" stuff?
The leading U.S. military commander in the Persian Gulf conceded yesterday that the Iraqi insurgency is as strong as it was six months ago, countering declarations by Vice-President Dick Cheney that the revolt is "in its last throes."
I like this part:
[Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld responded that he is convinced that the United States has the staying power to do what is right in Iraq. "The alternative is to turn that region back to darkness, to people who behead people. And that is not a happy prospect."
Damn straight about that beheading thing. It's far more compassionate to first soften up the area with a decade of crippling sanctions, then some damned fine "Shock and Awe" firepower, followed by indiscriminate shootings of unarmed civilians, and top it all off with arbitrary, indefinite incarceration involving torture and, for effect, the occasional beating death. Fuck that beheading stuff, it's just so third world, isn't it?