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This is rather too late to be posting to a blog, but I wanted to try out Scribefire. Why don’t we do this one as a dialog, to make it a little more fun at this late hour?

C: It’s fucking late! Why are you up now?

D: It’s not that late. It’s just 0:24.

C: There you go with that twenty-four hour clock again. Why don’t you just use normal time?

D: Twenty-four hour clock is more economical. Why include a.m. or p.m. after every time when you don’t have to?

C: What did you want to write about this evening?

D: I wanted to write about Libya, but you said it’s too late.

C: Give it a try.

D: Do you remember under Bush, Cheney and company? We had all that rhetoric about bringing democracy to the Middle East.

C: Yeah.

D: They said that’s why we went into Iraq. Democracy in Iraq would be the example that transforms the whole region.

C: So?

D: Now democracy’s coming to the Middle East, and we say, “It’s none of our business.”

C: Is it our business?

D: I don’t know. What do you think?

C: Colin Powell said about Iraq: “If you break it, you own it.”

D: Wouldn’t it be great if we could just go down to the Pottery Barn and buy Iraq?

C: Quit cutting up. Do you think we own the whole region because of what we did in Iraq?

D: Obama and Clinton sure don’t think so. In some ways this transformation in the Middle East is just as significant as the break-up of the Soviet Union.  We want to sit and watch, even though everyone looks to us for leadership.

C: Everyone except the dictators.

D: That’s right. Everyone except the people who’ve been so nasty all these decades.

C: Time to go to bed.

D: That’s right! Time to go to bed!