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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column glad all the major fighting’s over so we can get back to life as usual.

Now that our soldiers are mopping up what little resistance is left – it’s such a relief. Thank Siva, the newspapers can get back to reporting the regular stuff, like school shootings, budget deficits and who we’re going to invade in the next war. (See, we keep looking at this like it’s March Madness: It’s not over-over; we’re just moving on to the division war finals.)

Honest to Buddha, we had the following thought while watching the news last night: Is this what German citizens felt like watching their military roll into Poland? And then we smacked ourselves straight and stumped around the porch singing “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

You have to admit, though, it is a little reassuring to see all that looting going on in Baghdad. That is what freedom’s about, right? Aren’t the Iraqis just doing what they saw in Los Angeles on TV? We did have to laugh when the news broadcasters were reporting that the looting had slowed down and police had everything in hand – yeah, because there was nothing left to steal.

What had us scratching our heads the most, however (and we promise, this is the last of the ranting), was the story about our troops checking out Uday Hussein’s house. Saddam’s son liked the booze, drugs, fast cars and women, according to the Associated Press story about the tour of the bombed-out palace. Uday apparently had a gym plastered with pictures of women. One officer described it as the largest collection of naked women he’d ever seen. The collage also included a picture of our president’s daughters (although they weren’t naked). Now isn’t that what we’re fighting for?

Sorry, we just had to vent a little.


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