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"You're Just Going to Have to Get Over It"

Two of President George W. Bush's military advisors said that the US inability to find illegal weapons in Iraq means little.... Perle said the war was justified... Perle and Frum's book, "An End to Evil," promotes the so-called neo-conservative use of military force to pacify the world... "Sometimes the right answer, when a person has a grievance against you, is to say: 'You're completely mistaken; that grievance comes out of a completely wrong way of looking at the world and you're just going to have to get over it'," Frum said... "We're not going to change."
Bush war advisors: unfound Iraqi weapons matter little
Fri Jan 9, 4:20 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two of President George W. Bush's military advisors said that the US inability to find illegal weapons in Iraq means little.

"I don't think that you can draw any conclusion from the fact that the stockpiles were not found," Pentagon advisor Richard Perle said at the American Enterprise Institute.

Perle said he did not fear that the United States would lose credibility after Bush used Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction as his principal justification for going to war.

"If others are going to take the view that, because these weapons weren't found, nothing that the United States says can be trusted -- there's not much we can do about that," he said. "It would be a foolish conclusion to draw."

On Thursday, another Washington think-tank, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said in a report that the US "administration officials systematically misrepresented the threat from Iraq's WMD and ballistic missile programs."

However, Perle said the war was justified: "I think that what was done was right and prudent."

Perle appeared with Robert Frum, the former Bush speech writer who coined "Axis of Evil." They were two of the hardline members of the administration who argued the need to topple Saddam Hussein.

Perle and Frum's book, "An End to Evil," promotes the so-called neo-conservative use of military force to pacify the world.

They take aim at Saudi Arabia, US politicians, journalists and France -- all of whom they said stand in the way of Bush's "War on Terror."

"What troubles us is a pretty persistent French policy of trying to weaken and marginalize the United States within Europe," Perle said.

"All we ask from France is that, in the construction of Europe, Europe think of itself as a partner with the United States in the protection of Western civilization. That's not a lot to ask."

"I think France runs the very great risk of becoming isolated."

Frum, who left the White House in 2003, was as unswerving as Bush himself.

"Sometimes the right answer, when a person has a grievance against you, is to say: 'You're completely mistaken; that grievance comes out of a completely wrong way of looking at the world and you're just going to have to get over it'," Frum said.

"We're not going to change."

 http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040109/pl_afp/us_iraq_weapons_defense_040109212053
From whom 09.Jan.2004 19:26

jlii

"I think France runs the very great risk of becoming isolated."

From whom! Can you believe this butthead, no. The only country to become isolated is the US from the human race. Help me any of you I can no longer tell reality from the News at the Daily Show. I think the Daily Show has writers but then someone post stuff like this and I just twisted my hair real tight and drink, a lot. Granted you have to be in a slaughter house the third day of a power outage in August to even approach this administration's image, but please. Have these jerks not noticed even the WTO is being used against them. Hey assholes you haven't built a wall to lock the world out, they are building one to lock you in.

sorry 09.Jan.2004 23:05

axis of weasels

I hadn't meant to contribute to your delinquency :-) Just... you know, if you sort of thought they were this big of *******, you're not imagining things; they are, and they're proving it yet again... Do not adjust your set, and don't throw it out the window, this is the actual ugly picture... I hope nobody gets over it. Why should we? So the unchanging ******* can shove more of the same down our throats?

"'You're completely mistaken; that grievance comes out of a completely wrong way of looking at the world'"- that's pretty priceless really. Yep, no WMD although they swore twenty ways on a stack of forged documents that there were, but it's not their worldview that was wrong. Why sure.

I do hope someone, anyone figures out how to lock them up, eh?

precious, simply precious 11.Jan.2004 23:49

xyzzy

"I think France runs the very great risk of becoming isolated."

"I think the tree runs the very great risk of falling down," said the man as he sawed the branch he sat upon.

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