Wednesday, October 02, 2002

For those (no doubt few) people who read my site and don't (yet) read tbogg, there's a great deconstruction of Sully over there regarding the whole "Reps in Baghdad" flap.

Here's a taste:

Andy:Congressman Jim McDermott has just accused president Bush of wilfully lying to the American people about national security threats from Saddam or Al Qaeda.

Looks like the International Atomic Energy Agency begs to differ. Guess it was just a mistake in the Cliff Notes that Condi prepared for him...or Bush lied.

Andy:He said this not on the floor of the House or in his district - but in Baghdad, the capital city of a despot who is on the brink of war with the United States.

Actually, it looks like the Bush is on the brink of war with Iraq, not the other way around. I haven't heard Saddam threatening "regime change" in the US. If he did, I'm sure the papers would have mentioned it.

Andy:At a time when the U.S. government is attempting some high-level diplomatic maneuvers in the U.N.

Bush: Either you go with us or we are gonna go anyway. Yup, sounds "high level diplomatic" to me.

My personal view has been that the Bush administration wouldn't be stupid enough to invade with inspectors packing up and getting ready to go, but I could definitely be wrong on that. They might indeed be that stupid.

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