"I have to infer from that (statement) that you would be happier if Saddam Hussein were still in power" - Paul Wolfowitz.
It's the classic retort given by neocons and other war supporters when anyone questions the wisdom of the Iraq War. But let's say I get disturbed by a spider crawling the garage wall. I slam the car into it at 50 miles an hour, destroying the car and causing a few thousand dollars in damage to the garage. When my wife objects, I say: 'I have to infer from that statement that you would be happier if that spider were still crawling up the wall.' No, schmuck, she says, I'd be happier if we still had a car and didn't have to fork out ten thousand dollars to fix the garage."
The World War IV metaphor of the neocons seems to be losing its immediacy among supporters of the administration's policies. It just doesn't sell well among ordinary Americans (not to speak of foreign audiences)...Hence, the sudden arrival of "democracy" with a Middle Eastern twist on the Presidential agenda (and all those columns by press pundits wondering agonizingly whether the President hadn't been right after all).