Forgive me, Brain, for engaging this character, but here goes. Tell me you're kidding, right CP? We were attacked, and decided to pre-emptively root out terrorism. First, we hit Afghanistan, because as a country, the Taliban is harboring Terrorist Most Wanted #1. OK - where to next? Sit around and wait until we actually hit Bin Laden? Let's look around the region (where terrorism breeds) and assess the dangers. Let's see: - Which country is in violation of 17 current UN resolutions about WMD? - Which country in the past decade invaded a neighboring country? - Which country's dictator tried to assassinate a sitting US President? - Which country's dictator used chemical weapons on his own people? - Finally, and most importantly, which country's government would, if toppled, provide the greatest contrast to fellow Middle Easterners of a government run by a dictator, and friendly to terrorists, versus one which is set up as a Republic, condemning terrorism, and pronouncing freedom? Oh, and about those greater threats you mentioned, please enlighten us. Perhaps global warming? I'd love to hear which country was a more imminent threat at that point in time. France doesn't count.