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Monday, October 04, 2004
The rambles of your humble blogger with a cold
My latest Press Action piece has a pretty self-explanatory title, "Afghans, Iraqis and Other Non-Americans Exist for Our Amusement Was the Debate's Real Message."
Speaking of the debate, Bush has gotten a lot of play out of mocking Kerry's "global test" remark, but those cheering Bush for standing up for American whatever always seem to not point out this part of Bush's justification for invading Iraq:
...I went to the United Nations. I didn't need anybody to tell me to go to the United Nations. I decided to go there myself.So one of the reasons for invading Iraq was to back up the word of an international body called the United Nations Security Council. Some sort of test presumably was at work.
Actually it is more likely that Bush doesn't really mean what he said and it just part of the plethora of justifications that they have used.
Yesterday, on CNN's Late Edition, host Wolf Blitzer and Condoleezza Rice wer involved in the following exchange:
BLITZER: Let's talk about some of the things that the president said at the debate because some of them seem to be a little bit sloppy, got repetitive, as you well know.Rice isn't expected to use the same reasoning when it comes to say Saddam Hussein, for reasons relating to the fact that she didn't really mean what she said here.
On the "global test" issue, Rice said a lot, including:
...I don't know how you pass a global test, given that, by the way, you couldn't even get consensus on the fact that, after Saddam Hussein had defied the international community for all of those years, that it was time to do something.This would be a lot more interesting if Team Bush had ever showed a need to do something in Iraq.
Oh, but I forget, this, like just about everything else coming from Team Bush, because it served an immediate need.
On a related note, John Hawkins asks today, "If America's troops trust George Bush to fight the war on terrorism, shouldn't you?
No, because I can make up my own opinion about the "war on terrorism" and because I seriously question the critical thinking ability and/or use of critical thinking of any person who signs up to be part of the U.S. military.