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As Congress prepared to vote on whether to authorize war with Iraq, President Bush made the case one more time. Speaking in Cincinnati, Bush noted that the Iraqi regime has chemical and biological weapons and seeks nuclear ones; that it has not hesitated to use what weapons it has been able to use; and that the regime sponsors terrorism and aggression. He explained that attempts to deal with Iraq by methods short of war including sanctions, inspections, and limited military strikes have all failed. The regime continues to move ever closer toward having the weapons it wants. And the longer we wait before acting, the closer it will get.


The president made a strong case. So strong, in fact, as to raise the question of why the administration is going through the inspections charade once more. The answer, of course, is that it considers it necessary to propose thorough inspections in order to build support at the United Nations and at home. Bush hopes to make these inspections tougher than in the past. This time, he says, "inspectors must have access to any site, at any time, without pre-clearance, without delay, without exceptions." It is unlikely that Saddam Hussein would agree to this demand, and making it is a way of asserting that his regime is dangerous. The risk inherent in this gambit is that it may tie down the administration in procedural battles with nominal allies and make the administration's policy a hostage to the U.N. Bush will simply have to force the U.N. to live up to its responsibilities by continuing to insist that we are prepared to act without its support if necessary. If the U.N. balks, so much the worse for the U.N. It would merely prove itself irrelevant.

The only clear mistake the Bush administration has made in recent days was to send out White House spokesman Ari Fleischer to say that the Iraqi problem could be solved at the price of "a single bullet." Fleischer later took back the remark. But it nonetheless suggests an inclination within the administration to promote a coup in Iraq. A coup would not be in America's interest, however, unless it fundamentally weakened or altered the Iraqi regime. It is a totalitarian state that needs to be dismantled, not merely given a new leader. If we want to affect the course of events in Iraq after Saddam, as we should, there is no alternative to our direct involvement.

Fleischer's remark was troubling, but also an isolated gaffe. The conduct of the Democrats has been dismaying. Some of them, to be sure, have been clear-eyed about the need for regime change in Iraq: One thinks of Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, and especially Dick Gephardt. And most congressional Democrats will probably end up voting to allow the president to make war. But in general, the Democrats' contributions to the debate have been more carping than constructive. They first demanded that a war be debated, then protested when it was. They still speak as though war were an issue less important than a "patient's bill of rights." They said that there were important questions to be addressed and then failed to address them. They said they wanted the U.N. to make the decision for them. They wrung their hands; they stroked their chins.

Some of them did worse. Al Gore gave a slippery speech in which he insinuated that the president was promoting war for self-serving political reasons. Most notoriously, congressmen Jim McDermott and David Bonior went to Baghdad to pronounce themselves distrustful of Bush, willing to accept Saddam's promises "at face value," and convinced that America had committed war crimes in the first Gulf War (this last an Iraqi propaganda claim with no credibility). Other Democrats said that they disagreed with McDermott, Bonior, and even Gore. Few said that they were appalled at their disgraceful behavior.

The Democrats and the U.N. have much in common. The Democrats claimed to want a debate that they really feared; the U.N. claims to want a responsibility it has no intention of actually exercising. Now President Bush is forcing both to make a decision they would prefer to put off. It's up to them to demonstrate that they are up to the challenges of our time.
YEAH! 10.Oct.2002 12:50

Trilox

I agree. I say we hit them now and we hit them hard. We should take out their command and control centers first and then rain down an endless stream of thermobaric daisy cutters on Saddam's blood money palaces...

Too bad stoners... 10.Oct.2002 13:20

The Goat

Since Congress just approved the go aahead for military force in Iraq we will soon dropping those Daisy Cutters and Bunker Busters

But don't feel bad peacenicks I am sure that all your protests had some effect

Ha, Ha, Ha

Blood money palace? 10.Oct.2002 13:28

A. Tom

If you wanna bomb those, you should start with the biggest.
Blood money palace?
Blood money palace?

Is the World Facing Anorther Nazi Threat? 10.Oct.2002 13:45

none

Americans don't like to die, but it's OK for Americans to kill people around the world, like in Iraq or anywhere else. Looking to this evil, racist American attitude, I see another global threat, even worse than it was the Nazi Germany.

This attitude is just ignorance, racial supremacism, like the Nazis used to think and act. Actually, US and part of its ignorant people became even worse than the Nazi Germany used to be, because US is a dangerous nuclear power, full of weapons of mass destruction, the real global threat, much more powerful than Hitler used to be.

Saddam Hussein is not the threat. Bush is the real threat. Iraq is not the threat. US is the real threat.
Also, Saddam Hussein is a legitimate leader, better than Bush, in which was elected through fraud and lies.

Anyway, soon, the rest of world will need to get together to fight this evil threat. Bush and this stupid part of US population is pushing a WW3, and the good Americans can get hit really hard too. War brings no security to nobody.

hollow is the korrect diction 10.Oct.2002 14:05

mike

the prob we face is you, not Hussein. it's easy to hate your kind of mentality, and hard not to. but not to it must be. one can only hope that life will find a way for you to change and evolve and get yu some Light.

NUKE AMERICA FOR ITS OWN GOOD 10.Oct.2002 14:42

The only good American...

The only threat the world faces is from America, a rogue Superpower out to enslave the world. Supported by a fascist American population that gloats about war like a child playing a video game, this American Threat will be neutralized only by hitting them a thousand times harder than they can hit you.

Judging from the comments by Hollow point, trilox, and the Goat, there are plenty of American fascists just begging for a suitcase nuke planted straight at their families' whitebread homes.

Send these American scumfuck to a nuclear Hell--and beyond.

Please Don't Feed the Trolls 10.Oct.2002 14:55

Zookeeper

Are Hollow Point, Trilox, & the goat one & the same? Partners? Or just soul-mates? Don't worry about it..just please don't feed the Trolls. It makes them horny, then they [in]breed.

Saddam isn't so big a threat to America 10.Oct.2002 15:52

Bush Admirer

I agree that Saddam is a threat to America. But he's certainly not the biggest threat.

Frankly I'm more worried about internal subversion and treasonous agitators like Indymedia, Pacifica Radio, and Free Speech Radio News. These folks specialize in disinformation and they're truly dangerous.

I'd rather bomb them than bomb Iraq. But that would kill a lot of innocent dupes who've been suckered into believing their rot.

Peacniks sort of remind me of the Hale-Bopp spaceship sect or the Jonestown kool-aid drinkers.

Turn Yourself In 10.Oct.2002 16:18

John Ashcroft

To Mr. Admirer,

According to the U.S.A. Patriot Act, that statement qualifies you as a terrorist.

Report immediately for Military Tribunal.

get your head out of your presidents ass! 10.Oct.2002 16:26

son king

So sad. These three or four guys (maybe girls, maybe both, but probably guys) are the best reason to stop traffic as per peace rebel girl's article. These people NEED to be disrupted in their cars, on their way to slave for the state. It's for their own good. How can any peace loving person find fault in wanting to stop these sheep (Bush Admirer, Trilox et.al.), and making them forgive themselves for being scared to resist the lies they have been told, and the betrayal they have witnessed by their own government. It probably isn't their fault. We need to wake these people up. We need to shake the foundations of their wacked out paradigm, and taking away their all american ability to be mobile is a great start.

Why the Patriot act is good 10.Oct.2002 17:24

The Goat

I know you ALCU faggots get all riled up at the idea someone might be listing to you phone calls or reading your E-Mails, the truth is most of you don't have the balls to even begin to attempt the crap that you spew, that or your parents won't let you out past 8:00. Because of this no one gives a shit about what you have to say. But me on the other hand I don't care if the government wants in on my info.

but I can't remember why...

Oh that's right

I AM NOT A FUCKING TERRORIST

I know what I'm going to do... 10.Oct.2002 19:26

Trilox

"there are plenty of American fascists just begging for a suitcase nuke planted straight at their families' whitebread homes."

Thats pretty funny. I thought that suitcase nukes were just a right-wing conspiracy theory? So, now you think its true but you think such a thing will only affect "whitebread homes"? I think you are the biggest fucking idiot I have ever encountered on this website thats for sure.

I'll tell you what though, if there ever was a nuke to go off in Portland my family and I are prepared with full MOPP suits, Potassium Iodide and plenty of water and rations. How about you fuckface? I suppose you think that Patchouli Oil on a hemp fiber cloth stretched over your vegan pie hole will do the trick right?

Radioactive Right 10.Oct.2002 19:45

the only good American...

"I'll tell you what though, if there ever was a nuke to go off in Portland my family and I are prepared with full MOPP suits, Potassium Iodide and plenty of water and rations. How about you fuckface? I suppose you think that Patchouli Oil on a hemp fiber cloth stretched over your vegan pie hole will do the trick right?"

What the hell are you? You sound like some kind of Right Wing Survivalist cocksucker.

If a nuke does goes off in Portland--preferably in your living room--no amount "MOPP suits" or "Potassium Iodide" will save you or your inbred family.

DUCK 'N COVER, MUTHERFUCKER. DUCK 'N COVER.

GROUND ZERO IS YOUR PATRIOTIC ASS.

No Theory 10.Oct.2002 20:03

BOOM!

"I thought that suitcase nukes were just a right-wing conspiracy theory?"

I remember a '60 Minutes' episode from Russia several years ago, that confirmed the existance of hundreds of these devices...a large percentage of which cannot be accounted for. Predicted death toll in a populated area- 100,000 people.

Preperation is the key 10.Oct.2002 20:39

The Goat

I myself am armed to the teeth with .45 black talons and Kevlar. Not for a war or anything I just live in North East Portland.

Mini Nukes...WOW 10.Oct.2002 20:46

The Goat

Of course there are mini-nukes we were planting them in Russia durring the Cold War
try tell us something new like Al Gore is a crying whinning pussy

Ps.Trilox got any MOPP suits to trade I am willing to barter the head of Robert Fisk, let me know

North East Portland... 10.Oct.2002 23:31

the only good American...

" myself am armed to the teeth with .45 black talons and Kevlar. Not for a war or anything I just live in North East Portland."

Heh. Now Bin Laden has now got his targetting coordinates. One suitcase nuke. North-east Portland. Trifuck's house. Burn in hell, baby.

"Ps.Trilox got any MOPP suits to trade I am willing to barter the head of Robert Fisk, let me know"

I'll raise that and barter you Laura Bush's wrinkled Texas twat.