As I read the headlines, listen to the radio and watch TV, I really don't hear any meaningful debate from the rabid-right and Potemkin village patriots about the war in Iraq. All that I do hear or see is that anyone who even <i>suggests</i> that we possibly consider redeploying troops in Iraq are immediately branded as unpatriotic, treasonous, un-American, terrorist-loving, troop-hating, cheese-eating, surrender monkeys. These assertions, or the seemingly infinite permutations thereof, are patently false. But that doesn't matter to the slavish supporters of the Bush administration and this war who make such assertions, because truth is not the issue. What they are attempting to do is avoid the possibility of any debate on the issue of the war in Iraq because they cannot win a straight up argument. So instead, they take the statements of the administration's, and the war's, opponents and turn them inside out, take them out of context, turning them into something entirely different from what they originally meant. Thus they attempt to marginalize those opponents of the administration and the war, and by doing so, squelch any meaningful debate, because that is simply the last thing they want.