Monday, March 15, 2004

Give it a rest 

Once again Bush's administration is explaining why the Iraq invasion was a positive step for our country and the world. Here's some gems:

The Iraqi leader, now in U.S. custody, represented "the most dangerous regime in the world's most dangerous region," national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Um, where to start. How many times does this have to be disproved before she finally gives it a rest?

"I don't think this takes away from the rightness of this, to remove this dictator, make sure that there would be no weapons of mass destruction in the future," Powell said.

Rightness as in moral clarity? Or rightness as in we're right, you're wrong? Powell lost all credibility with me. He's Tony Blair on acid. Let's kill all the people in the slums now, because they live in dangerous areas, could be dangerous people, and one day might rob some old lady of her Spam and bread. How old is he, 6? The best one is from Rummy:

Asked on CNN's "Late Edition" if the war in Iraq was worthwhile given that 564 U.S. soldiers have died there, Rumsfeld said, "Oh, my goodness, yes. There's just no question ... 25 million people in Iraq are free."

Oh my goodness? Not the phrase I want to hear from the defense secretary.

And the last time I checked it was a few more than that. Over 2000 wounded. Over 10000 Iraqi's dead -- or don't they count (consider your answer here: moral clarity and all). This idea of "freedom" is illusive -- but I suppose one must be in an occupied country to truly get a sense of what freedom means. Remember, the sppon does not bend, but your mind, as the toga kid said to Nero in the Matrix. Bend it, baby.

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