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Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Illogical Warmongering with Ken Adelman
Ken Adelman, who ran the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during Ronald Reagan's presidency, appeared on Monday's edition of CNN's Crossfire to talk about Iraq or, to be exact, about the United States attacking Iraq.
Saddam Hussein "has known it for a good long time, that he's the No. 1 threat to America. And so we should remove that threat," said Adelman. "We know this guy hates America. We know he hates President Bushes, you know, of any generation. And we know, given a chance, he would attack us and we know that we shouldn't put up with it anymore."
In other words Adelman is saying:
1)Hussein is the biggest threat to the U.S.
2)Hussein knows he a goner.
3)Hussein would America if he could.
For the sake of the argument let's assume all of these things are true. Why hasn't Hussein attacked the U.S. yet? Adelman would probably argue that he has as he clings to the theory that agents of Iraq -a governement not exactly friendly to Islamic fundamentalists- met with al Qaeda operatives prior to September 11. This is pretty weak as even Adelman conceded that there is no solid evidence this took place, let alone that this meeting lead to or even had anything to do with the attacks of September 11.
There is of course the alledged 1993 assasination plot of the George H.W. Bush that lead to Bill Clinton getting over his missile launching virginity and becoming, in the words of Bill Hicks, "one of the boys." But I have to ask you dear reader, have you actually seen any evidence that this plot existed?
So what we have here is a situation where the U.S. wants to not only attack but also invade Iraq -this invasion could take place in less in "roughly a week,"according to a report out today by Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press- and yet the U.S. government has provided no evidence whatsoever that Iraq has any intentions of harming the U.S. Adelman even conceded as much describing evidence as "a detail. The fact is we know that this guy is involved in terrorism."
Perhaps Hussein does want to kill lots of Americans. I'm not so naive as to believe this is the actual reason Bush and friends want him out so badly but it is stated reason. So before Uncle Sam steps up its killing of innocent Iraqis, would it be too much for the government to provide a little bit of proof?