Maybe We Can Call Them "Ponies"

The plan, it seems, is for perpetual military occupation, except the term "lily pads" is going to be involved. Jim Henley has more. Fascinatingly, permanently stationing tends of thousands of American soldiers on Iraqi soil in order to "act as a deterrent to other countries in the region" (i.e., control Iraqi foreign policy) seems to be being bruited about as the alternative to George W. Bush perpetual war strategy.

One wonders, at any rate, why all these Arabs are running around believing crazy conspiracy theories about American plots to control the Middle East when it's obvious that we're just trying to promote democracy.