When the last politician is strangled with the guts of the last priest, the USA will leave Iraq.
But no, the politicians remain unstrangled and the priests have kept their guts, and still the USA is leaving Iraq, lock stock and barrel.
But instead the USA is coming to Oz. And we welcome them with open arms, recognizing they need a quick and easy victory to restore confidence.
But where, ask the warlords, are we the most strong, where are we most unchallenged? And the answer came back, on the sea.
And we notice China, our rival, is claiming sovereignity over the islands in the South China Sea, islands so low they disappear at high tide, but beneath them lies a vast wealth of oil and gas - a worthy prize.
We also notice China has targeted our aircraft carriers with ballistic missles, so we can't use the carriers. So we have built stealth tri-marans to operate in shallow water, loaded with lethal weapons and hi-tech electronics.
And the Aussies can help with their diesel electric submarines, designed to operate in litoral waters.
I mentioned all this to my confessor the other day, and left him clutching his stomach, lest his guts be put to better use.