Recent IM conversation:
CO-WORKER: I still believe getting rid of Saddam was a good idea. But I think we should have just sent in a sniper and capped his ass.
ME: Then it would have been state-sponsored assassination, which is a slippery slope. Somehow it's nobler to do it this way -- Saddam lives and 2,000 U.S. soldiers die.
ME: That will be our new threat to all brutal dictators: "Surrender, or this 18-year-old Hispanic kid dies."