A small postscript.
I never seem to tire of telling people that Chris Bray, AKA “Ambrose Beers” of the late, deeply lamented Suck.Com completely and totally saw it coming, six years ago. (And by “never tire”, I mean that I suspect that close friends of mine may yet snap and start screaming the next time I link to those two essays.)
History doesn’t lack for a sense of irony: Bray is currently deployed to Iraq.
Here’s a small hope that he and everyone he knows there makes it back, alive and unscathed.