Thursday, January 13, 2005

Go away for a few days, seems like a good day to come back...

Lessee, what's going on... Abu Ghraib court martial? Nah- if Rummy's not on trial, I'm not commenting on the small fish. SCOTUS ruling that the federal sentencing guidelines are unconstitutional? Ummmm, interesting to me, but too technical. More mayhem in Iraq? Old news. White House gives up on the search for WMDs?

I think I'll write about that.

The Iraq Survey Group- better known as the weapons inspectors- have given up. They've concluded that Saddam Hussein destroyed his WMDs years ago, and that his capabilities have been waning ever since. In other words, they don't have 'em, they haven't had 'em for awhile, and they weren't gonna make 'em for the foreseeable future.

Let's flash back in time shall we, to Colin Powell's presentation to the UN.

"The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons, is rebuilding the facilities to make more, and according to the British government, could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes."

Rummy was bit more prosaic. There's no debate in the world as to whether they have those weapons....We all know that. A trained ape knows that.

As opposed to the untrained apes running the show.

They weren't there- they were never there. Based on what amounts to a bald faced lie, this country that I once so loved committed 1358 of its young to their graves. Not to mention thousands of Iraqis and $159.5 billion.

If it wasn't absurdly offensive it would almost be funny, but as George Costanza once noted, "It's not a lie if you believe it." They believed it. It's still a lie.

This President is little more than a war criminal, and America is a rogue state. We have lost all direction. American exceptionalism used to mean "We are the better people, therefore we do not lower ourselves to our enemies' level." Now it means "We are the better people, so if we do something it must be the right thing." Wrong. We are better only so long as we choose to be better.

In other words, because we are a good people, we will obey the rules. The President would have you believe that because we are a good people, we do not need to follow the rules.

It doesn't work that way. I am ashamed of my country.

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