In my comments section, the actual Rod said, " did you guys know that eli is actually a hardcore republican? not just republican, he's enamoured with bush...an ARAB self-hater. i want to crack open his head with my nalgene."
Let me point out where Eli is coming from. First of all, he's Christian, so he's obviously more inclined to be pro-American and pro-Western. Second, he comes from Lebanon, a country that was wracked by civil war for almost 20 years and has been occupied by Syria for almost 30 years (obviously you know this rod, I'm just putting it out there) and he has seen friends and relatives of his die at the hands of Islamic terrorists - so when he perceives Bush doing something that most people would agree has had at least SOME positive effect on the Middle East (despite what you and I obviously recognize as all the negatives of the lives lost and the torture and the lies), he supports it. Third, there is often a tendency for immigrants from third-world countries who have succeeded in America to be very pro-American. For all these reasons and more, I still like Eli and his adoration of Bush makes sense given his background.
ALSO, if you want a discount on falafel, tell Eli that you voted for Bush.