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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
P.J. O'Rourke:No, it turns out Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction. And how crazy does that make Saddam? All he had to do was tell Hans Blix, "Look anywhere you want. Look under the bed. Look beneath the couch. Look behind the toilet tank in the third presidential palace on the left, but keep your mitts off my copies of Maxim." And Saddam could have gone on dictatoring away until Donald Rumsfeld gets elected head of the World Council of Churches.
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Reach out to Egypt?
John Kerry, in today's New York Times:
"A new presidency with the right moves, the right language, the right outreach, the right initiatives, can dramatically alter the world’s perception of us very, very quickly.Ah, so Sen. Kerry believes the problem with Egypt is "perception" and "messaging." Let's quote some Egyptians, from the Jerusalem Post:
General (Ret.) Muhammad Abdel Fattah Omar, a former senior official with the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, which is responsible for the country's security services, was one of the first Egyptians to accuse Israel of masterminding the attacks.No wonder the Israelis are sweating a Kerry victory. In the Times article, Kerry continued by saying:
"I mean, you ever hear anything about the ‘road map’ anymore?" he asked, referring to the international plan for phasing in peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which Kerry supports. “No."I can tell you why we don't hear about the road map, but I'd rather let President Bush tell you. From Friday night's presidential debate:
Question: You know, I've made some decisions on Israel that's unpopular. I wouldn't deal with Arafat, because I felt like he had let the former president down, and I don't think he's the kind of person that can lead toward a Palestinian state.In the vice-presidential debate, Vice-President Cheney made the same point:
In respect to Israel and Palestine, Gwen, the suicide bombers, in part, were generated by Saddam Hussein, who paid $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers.Sen. Edwards followed up with one of his most amazing remarks of the night:
No, I did talk about it, Israel. He's the one who didn't talk about it.
The inconsistency at the heart of it all: Jason Van Steenwyck nails the unrealistic wishful thinking that has Democrats believing that they can simultaneously attack President Bush for doing too much in Iraq and not enough in Iran:
How in the WORLD would we convince Iran to give up it's own nuclear program so long as it was the considered opinion of Iran, Israel, the United States, the senior leadership of the Iraqi army, and every reputable intelligence agency in the world that Iraq was still keeping WMDs? Why would Iran ever THINK of dismantling its nuclear program? Indeed, it would be stupid to do so, given Saddam Hussein's demonstrated intent.