The Senate last week finally got around to my favorite topic: invading Iraq.

Faithful viewers of this program know that I have been tub thumping something we will call 'invading Iraq' for months now for the simple reason that I believe Iraq has never ceased its war against us, though we ceased our war against them. If we are dopey enough to ignore that fact… sooner or later, Saddam Hussein is going to drive a nuclear bomb truck into Times Square or the Air and Space Museum or the ballpark at Arlington, and then we're all going to stand around wondering why we couldn't see it coming.

If it weren't for that, would I want to invade Iraq? No, of course not. This isn't about war mongering just for the hell of it. This is about recognizing who has been attacking us from behind a hedge, hidden from view.

Saddam tried to kill George Bush the elder in 1993. He had a hand in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Does anybody really believe he didn't have a hand in the other Al Qaeda bombings — the embassies, the USS Cole? Does anybody think he didn't have some sort of involvement in the Khobar towers?

This stuff has been going on continuously since the Gulf War, so what are we to conclude? That the Arab and Muslim states just decided to make our lives miserable because of Israel? That's been going on for 50 years. The only terrorist attack on record for that reason was Sirhan Sirhan, and nobody has ever said anybody's government put him up to that.

Please. This is so silly. This is not a criminal court case where we have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. This is proving to our own satisfaction, the satisfaction of the likely victims... that this person, this country, this regime is where the victimizing will come from.

For all you guys out there who write saying you're veterans and demanding to know what unit I served in, or what unit anybody who thinks Saddam should be taken out served in… I served in New York during September of last year. I think I have a pretty good idea what these people are capable of.

Wake up and smell the semtex. They're packing it in small containers now, and if they can get some stuff that glows in the dark to pack around it, they will. And if they can possibly, just possibly, buy a big boom-boom from the Russians or the North Koreans, or the Pakistanis... they'll do that too.

The last century was kumbaya. This century is watch your heinie, because somebody's trying to blow it up.

That's My Word.

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