US perceptions of the middle east

I stumbled on a very interesting dialogue in the comments section of a post on Hoder’s weblog called Bush benefits from terrorist attacks, like Sharon does, which itself pointed to Pat Buchanan’s handicapping of the upcoming presidential horserace election.
Note, the comments on Hoder’s entry are posted reverse chronologically, so the oldest ones come last.
In the thread, a Tehrani called Highlander, despite some of his own misconceptions about the US, manages to bridge the gap of understanding quite well, while critiquing American media-consumption habits and slinging western pop-culture references with the best of them. Equally strong-voiced Americans reach past their own initial statements in search of common ground.
Ultimately, the discussion revolves around how the US presidential election will affect the rest of the world, if at all.