September 29, 2003
Reason and War, Never the Twain Shall Meet!

"There was every reason to believe — and I still believe — that there were weapons of mass destruction and weapons programs," Secretary of State Colin Powell said on ABC's This Week . National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said on Fox News Sunday that "it was very clear" before the war that Saddam Hussein's efforts to acquire chemical and biological weapons "continued, and it was a gathering danger."

I like the term "gathering danger". It sounds really biblical. A gathering danger of satanic minions from the east lurked like a shadow over the United States. Connie is not as dumb as she sounds but she clearly thinks the rest of as are pretty dim. "Gathering Danger" is meaningless in this context. There is however a gathering danger of an earthquake on the west coast of America. There is a gathering danger of our sun going super nova one day and extinguishing all life on earth. There is a gathering danger that Connie and Colin are beginning to believe their own propaganda.

I presume Powell means in Iraq and not in Alabama. Christ, we might have invaded the wrong 3rd world state. I know that irony is a pretty low form of humor and I'm sorry. I just write it... I didn't invent it:

The United States is the biggest supporter of terrorists and terrorist organizations over the past 20 years. We fed, trained and watered Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. We currently support Israel (bulldozer of civilian houses and 'punishment attacks') with tens of billions in cash and weapons.

It is the United States which holds the biggest stockpile of Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear weapons in the world. We are the only country to have used a nuclear weapon to kill civilians (in Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

Powell said Saddam used poison gas to kill 5,000 Kurds in 1988, and chemical weapons were found in Iraq after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Powell did not say that the United States used sanctions (and abandoned uranium shells, and spider mines) which had the (we presume unintended) consequence of killing hundreds of thousands of Iraq civilians.

Congress surpasses itself by discovering that outdated, sketchy intelligence was used to justify the invasion of Iraq.

In a letter sent Thursday to CIA Director George Tenet and obtained by news organizations, two leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said the absence of proof that Iraq had destroyed its chemical and biological weapons "was considered proof that they continued to exist."

The committee spent four months analyzing 19 volumes of classified material. The letter was signed by Republican Rep. Porter Goss of Florida, the panel's chairman, and Rep. Jane Harman of California, the committee's top Democrat.

Half of Americans believe the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Sept. 19-21. In April, three-quarters thought the war was worth it. The poll found 50% of Americans approval of the job Bush is doing as president, the lowest rating of his presidency

Posted by tstubbs at September 29, 2003 11:52 AM | Trackback
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