aq is bad, so is the us. neither is related to the fact that withdrawing from the middle east means no us<->aq violence.
regarding copying formatting, you can select all with ctrl-a and then click the eraser icon on the top left to remove formatting from the selected text. if you use firefox or chrome, i think you can also use ctrl-shift-v to paste without formatting as long as an addon like adblock doesn't hijack that keybind.
(I'm not just pointing to this occasion but any)