Well, I agree that sometimes the word evil is used to freeze thinking, but your second paragraph is inane to the point of ignorance. We know what Al Qaeda and Hussein's motivations are because they have told us. Their own websites and communications leave no doubt as to what motivates them. They want to kill us. They want to eradicate us from the face of the earth. Do you get it now? We are not "mired" in an occupying force in Iraq. We are supporting a people who are trying to be free of tyranny. We are doing what the French did for us when we were trying to gain our independence from England; supporting a people who long to be able to command their own destiny, apart from any despotic rulers like Al Qaeda or Hussein. Don't you remember the looong lines of people in Iraq on the day they were first given the opportunity to vote? Or doesn't that fact jive with your pre-conceived notion that Bush is evil and must be stopped?