"We like to give them a 20 month head start."

Um, I'm with Atrios. Shouldn't this have been done, oh, I don't know, a year and half ago:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday ordered a freeze on assets of the militant group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, which has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq (news - web sites). The Treasury Department (news - web sites)'s Office of Foreign Assets Control added Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group to its list of suspected terrorists and terrorism financiers.
In a related story, the United States also froze the assests of Adolf Hitler, the German leader responsible for the death of 8 million Jews and the destruction of Europe. "This is an important step towards undermining the Nazi grip on Europe. I don't know why we didn't think of this sooner!" said Dennis Lormel, the former head of the FBI (news - web sites)'s terrorist financing section.