McPhillips does a fair enough job of ffisking some of the leftist idiocy about Iraq, today… in fact I’d call this a slam dunk:

I’m particularly impressed that with 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, American political pressure being brought to bear througout the region, and military bases established in the heart of the Arab world that Scott thinks this has “weakened American influence in the region.” That must be why Libya has abandoned its WMD programs, Syria is withdrawing from Lebanon, Iran is negotiating with the IAEA, Saudi Arabia is finally on its toes in pursuit of terrorists, and the regime in Egypt is making some tentative moves toward something resembling an election.