RE: Kenneth Lay
A big part of the problem is the polarization between the parties and the use of generalizations to classify libs and conservatives (as I just did in my above post). I'm not enamored of Bush, but I think he is media-assaulted for everything that he does. I think every President after this will be as well (regardless of being Dem or Rep). Right now, there is quite a lack of respect for the office of President itself. Neither Clinton nor Bush have helped that, but I'll give Clinton his kudos for his savvy and his ability to carry himself in a "presidential" manner, which is important in our media driven society.
You're right- we are in a rut with this war, and who knows how we get out. You certainly can't install a democracy. It's a process of acculturation and understanding, and a fairly long one at that. You have to have the ideological infrastructure to support it initially. That's why China has been taking such a long time in it's transition, among other reasons. Hell, Russia wanted a capitalist driven society and they are still struggling with it.
Always did get a kick out of the idea that Clinton attacked Osama because of the Lewinsky thing.
I also think that former Illinois senator Dan Rostenkowski killed O.J. Simpson's wife and then framed him for the murder to deflect attention to his improprieties.