What to do about Saddam Hussein? scenario no. 1: we pre-emptively invade Iraq (as administration hawks suggest), alienate all our allies, radicalize the entire Middle East, hopelessly complicate the fight against al-Qaeda and render ourselves international pariahs.
It's Kim Jong Il from North Korea. He's calling to say he feels your pain.
Ha ha, Colin. Very funny. You've made your point.
Is there an alternative more consistent with our national ideals? scenario no. 2: first, we actually make friends with Saddam. (but only for pretend.)
Now that we have bonded, I can tell you the truth: I would never have invaded...