At one point in the debate, moderator Jim Lehrer asked Bush if the Iraq experience would make him more reluctant to launch preemptive military operations in the future. In response, the president insisted that he "never wanted to commit troops" but did so because "the enemy attacked us ... and I have a solemn duty to protect the American people."
Yeah, I know just the other day I had to beat off bands of roving Iraqis at Five Points; I think they wanted to steal my food, or something. Not sure how the shit they all got across the Atlantic Ocean to be such a danger to me. But whatever, obviously, the only correct thing to do is to maintain a half million troops in their country, and keep killing them and their wives and children until they're "free" enough to quit shooting back and/or swimming a few thousand miles over here to try to key our Hummers or something.