Colin Powell has joined Donald Rumsfeld in making belligerent statements against Syria and Iran. Odd to think that Syria joined with coalition forces in the Gulf War in 1991, and now they’re saying flat out that they want to see us lose this war. Does anyone think that a transformation in the Middle East toward democracy, individual liberty, and opposition to Islamism is closer now than it was before we went to Iraq? I really believe at this point that if the Bush administration tried to launch wars against Syria or Iran in the same way they did against Iraq, they’d lose the American people entirely. At least we could attack Iraq under the pretense that we wanted to enforce UN sanctions, no such excuse is available for Syria or Iran.