Oh, the cleverness. The Bush administration is playing off Shia against Sunni in the Middle East, pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Saddam's execution was the masterstroke--in death he once more plays the part Washington groomed him for since the 80s--and now hatred is welling up ever faster midst the oilfields.

There's only one problem with this picture. Where's the likely battlefield where these foes will meet? You'd think that if the strategy was to pit our enemies against each other and let them fight it out, we'd be stepping back to a safe distance. Yet, as Cheney pulls the strings, playing both sides against the middle, does he not see that in this case our troops in Iraq are the middle?