Should be the first paragraph:

His underpants a notorious victim of 9/11, Dennis Miller demonstrated years ago that a tool and his funny are soon parted. He probably still gets other gigs, but now Miller is most frequently seen matching wits with the likes of Bill O’Reilly, about whom Han Solo, or perhaps it was Al Franken, once said, ‘Let the Wookiee win.’

I was a victim of bloodlust after 9-11. I cheered and cheered not only that Bush The Lesser (and, traditionally effectively, militarily speaking) viciously pounded Afghanistan, I applauded what I thought at the time was his admirable patience about doing so.

But that stupid “nuance” thing eventually intervened, <Bush invaded Iraq for no reason, and since then, I have a uniquely accurate, new "there are two kinds of people in the world," which is, "those who permanently hold 9-11 as their guiding principle, and those who have figured out it is a bit more complicated than that."

Including Dick Cheney, I can't think of a better political and cultural double-team of the bed-wetter set than Dennis Miller. A complete and utter physical coward, possibly afraid to die. Almost certainly afraid to die early, in something like, oh, I don't know, a terrorist attack. The way you can tell 9-11 completely altered reality for these people is that they could never overcome fear in the face of the highly unlikely, incredibly statistically improbable chance of getting killed by the Bad Guys. It's just indicative of some deeper issues, plain and simple. Cheney was famously sane about going into Baghdad under Bush the Better But Still Not Great; Miller was funny until he revealed his fear, having built a pretty good career on Bewaring The Man. You can find about a zillion references to this quote:

In an assessment that differs sharply with his view today, Dick Cheney more than a decade ago defended the decision to leave Saddam Hussein in power after the first Gulf War, telling a Seattle audience that capturing Saddam wouldn’t be worth additional U.S. casualties or the risk of getting “bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.”

Once intelligent and sane, now not so much.

We’re always going to have to deal with some death-by-terrorist, same as we deal with a lot of death-by-car-accident, lightening strike, or hurricane. Dictating policy by random event is simply not very smart.

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