From the hangar deck of the John C. Stennis, Dick Cheney, the man who put the un- in undisclosed location, issued another dire warning:
Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants believe they can wear us down, break our will, force us out and make Iraq a safe haven for terror. They see Iraq as the center of a new caliphate, from which they can stir extremism and violence throughout the region, and eventually carry out devastating attacks against the United States and others.I am as pleased as the next caucasian that there is peace at last between the Green and the Orange, but this much-repeated doomsay is a little like accusing the Lutheran World Federation, the Primate of All England, and Pope Ratso Rizzo of colluding toward the reestablishment of the unitary apostolic seat of Leo X. Nah gunnahappen.
Personally, I think this is deeply ineffectual scaremongering. I suspect that most Americans, on hearing words like caliph and sultan and emir, picture first images from Disey's Alladin.