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Monthly Archives: May, 2003

Legitimacy Crisis In The Making

The anti-Times jihad advances not because of any intrinisic merit, but because ideological entrepreneurs like Glenn Harland Reynolds promote it endlessly. It’s only because of the tireless work of his supporting hacks that Andrew Sullivan is regarded a serious media critic instead of a an aggrieved shitcanned ex-Times contributor. The Blair witch hunt is a story because they make it a story.

It’s not beyond the power of the anti-Sullivans to make the non-discovery of WMDs that Bush et al assured us were there a story. The good for nothing crypto-fascist Europeans are growing plenty pissed. Seems the Merc‘s John Walcott is too:

The senior Marine general in Iraq said Friday that extensive searches had failed to locate any chemical weapons.

“It was a surprise to me then — it remains a surprise to me now — that we have not uncovered weapons,” Lt. Gen. James Conway, the commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, told reporters at the Pentagon in a video teleconference.

“Believe me, it’s not for lack of trying. We’ve been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad, but they’re simply not there,” Conway said.

Bush, however, told a Polish television network: “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories . . . and we’ll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven’t found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, we found them.”

The case for war is blown apart

From the Independent:

The build-up to war: What they said

Intelligence leaves no doubt that Iraq continues to possess and conceal lethal weapons

George Bush, US President 18 March, 2003

We are asked to accept Saddam decided to destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd

Tony Blair, Prime Minister 18 March, 2003

Saddam’s removal is necessary to eradicate the threat from his weapons of mass destruction

Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary 2 April, 2003

Before people crow about the absence of weapons of mass destruction, I suggest they wait a bit

Tony Blair 28 April, 2003

It is possible Iraqi leaders decided they would destroy them prior to the conflict

Donald Rumsfeld, US Defence Secretary 28 May, 2003

Somebody’s got to hold these lunatics accountable for their words. And the above are their words.

Rumsfeld pushes for regime change in Iran

Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, is spearheading efforts to make “regime change” in Iran the official policy goal of the Bush administration, but his campaign is meeting with considerable resistance from other senior figures, according to officials and analysts.

The Miller’s Crossing

American T.V. Personality Dennis Miller is confronted by his younger self. An excerpt:

DENNIS MILLER (1988): We were all scared when those planes swan-dived into the towers, OK? But what separates real Americans from the faux variety is that real Americans don’t turn in their spines to the hatcheck lady in times of stress. People in this country today hear the word terrorist and immediately snap into action — which means locking themselves in the loo, defecating on the Constitution and using the Bill of Rights to wipe their ass. We’re made of better stuff than that, and all the shrieking Rush Limbaughs in the world are not worth one brave man who will stand up and say, “hey, the emperor is starkers, and besides that, he wants all of Yemen’s oil.” I wasn’t around, but I’m pretty sure the guys at Valley Forge weren’t eating sautéed rat so that George W. could attempt a three-point landing on an aircraft carrier moored three miles off the coast of Catalina.

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