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Semi-random thoughts on the War on Terror

Normally, I slot my afternoon piece to publish at 2:00. With President Bush scheduled to speak at 1:20, I figured I better get my predictions out of the way before he spoke and, quite possibly, invalidated anything I might say.

  • The next grim milestone in Iraq will be when American soldiers killed reach 2,996, equalling the number of victims killed in the 9/11 attacks. The current total appears to be 2,647, so we have a ways to go. Expect the anti-war movement to start galvanizing itself for that morbid occasion shortly after it breaks 2,900.
  • In fact, they might even make a trifecta out of it: Equalling the 9/11 victims, surpassing them, then 3,000.
  • Predicted themes: "Bush's phony war versus the real war" and "how many have to die before Bush admits it was a mistake?"
  • Also for those interested in counting, the number of "non-existent" Iraqi WMDs found in Iraq since the invasion has passed 700, and is well on its way to 800. Many folks don't seem to recall that under the terms of Saddam's 1991 surrender, he not only had to abandon all work on developing WMDs, but publicly account for and destroy all existing stocks. To those who say that these were "old weapons" that were "lost," I say that ANY regime that just casually misplaces that many chemical warheads that can still be very lethal (again, for the number crunchers, that's roughly 2 weapons for every 7 Americans killed) ought to be removed just on the basis of gross criminal negligence.
  • For those keeping score at home on the Valerie Plame "scandal," let me recap one of the ground rules: when the exposer of Valerie Plame is a war supporter like Karl Rove (also known as The Boogeyman and The Great Satan to the left, the father of all things evil and underhanded and nasty, like consistently handing them their asses in elections), it is a high crime worthy not only of being stripped of high office, but of being "frog-marched" by the police, locked up without bothering with a trial, and perhaps even public flogging. When the exposer is someone who didn't support the war, like Richard Armitage, it's (as my colleague Lorie Byrd put it) an Emily Litella "never mind" moment.
  • With the bagging of Al Qaeda's latest #2 man in Iraq, the position is rapidly becoming the "Drummer for Spinal Tap" of the terrorist world. Rumor has it that much jockeying and infighting has been going on within the terrorist world to NOT get that promotion.


Comments (13)

Also for those intereste... (Below threshold)
RedStayteToofPaysT:

Also for those interested in counting, the number of "non-existent" Iraqi WMDs found in Iraq since the invasion has passed 700

"Some contained degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent"

= Dick.

So what part of the equatio... (Below threshold)
Chad:

So what part of the equation =dick? The part where WMDs exist, and are being found, or the part where people think that decaying mustard or sarin gas isn't dangerous? I hate to break it to all of you out there, but there were, are, and will be WMDs found in Iraq. Our troops have been hit with them, and by policy, the president could've answered with nuclear weapons had he wanted to. The fact that he didn't should show that he's more concerned with the rationality of his actions rather than "conqueror's" syndrome. Of course, that would require that you take a reasonable and rational look at the argument. Degraded mustard and sarin gas is still dangerous by the way. Occassionally a farmer in france would die by plowing up a "dud" even in the 1970s, early 1980s. They're pretty persistent stuff.

Hey, Jay, is it too much... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Hey, Jay, is it too much to ask for you and your fellow reactionaries to quit the Saddam-had-WMD [expletive-deleted] nonsense???

Read this:

"BUSH: "Now, look, I -- part of the reason we went into Iraq was -- the main reason we went into Iraq at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't"

-- Bush, August 21, 2006

Let's go through that last part very slowly, for all you conservatives:

"It....
turns....
out....
he....
didn't"

Would you have us believe, Jay, that Bush is once again lying to the American people??? But I don't think so this time, as lying in this instance does The Chimp no good at all. Nah, this time he's telling the truth.

So don't be trying to pass off degraded [expletive deleted] as war-justifying WMD, as Bush himself won't even sink that low.

"The next grim milestone in... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"The next grim milestone in Iraq will be when American soldiers killed reach 2,996, equalling the number of victims killed in the 9/11 attacks." -- Jay Tea

Wrong. Within merely the past few days, the next grim milestone has already been reached

"U.S. deaths in Iraq, war on terror surpass 9/11 toll" -- CNN

"The next grim milestone... (Below threshold)
Sputnik:

"The next grim milestone in Iraq will be when American soldiers killed reach 2,996, equalling the number of victims killed in the 9/11 attacks." -- Jay Tea

If only the BDS inflicted left would open their eyes they would understand that this is not a valid comparison. The 2,996 murdered souls were the reason we attacked the Taliban in Afganistan. Attacking the Iraqi dictatorship was an attempt to prevent more innocent lives being lost. Our troops are giving their lives for those of us who appreciate it as well as for those who don't.

Herman:Wait, wait,... (Below threshold)
Inquiring:

Herman:

Wait, wait, wait. Now you believe what the President says when it agrees with you?

That is hilarious, it really is. There have been over 700 munitions found; munitions containing Mustard Gas and Sarin Nerve Gas —which despite what so many people think are considered Weapons of Mass Destruction— but now, now you are willing to take Bush's word for none being found, even if that word is in direct contradiction of the facts.

Now, why would the President say that, then? You might be asking. Simple, the media and the left have moved the goal posts so many times on what a Weapon of Mass Destruction is —if I recall it is pretty much only nuclear devices, but probably not dirty bombs— that, well, it might just be easier to say, "Fine, not going to keep showing yall reality, I'll just let you stew in denial so we can move forward with the present."

Oh, and let's finish that quote you cherry picked: "It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction."

Jeeze, that sounds awfully like one of the reasons for the Iraq war, as part of the UN disarmament resolutions was the dismantling of such capabilities.

JayDid the AQ#2 in... (Below threshold)

Jay

Did the AQ#2 in Iraq die by choking on someone elses's vomit? Just askin...

"—which despite what so ... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"—which despite what so many people think, are considered Weapons of Mass Destruction" -- Inquiring

Really??? Why don't you speak to The Chimp about what he thinks about the degraded [expletive deleted] and get back to us.

But before you do, check this out: The GOP's Clorox bombshell at http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/06/30/bugs/index_np.html

"Now, why would the President say that, then? You might be asking."

Not really. The King of the Morons usually only lies when he has a good reason to do so (which, alas, is far too often). In this situation, lying goes against his interests.

"...well, it might just be easier to say, "Fine, not going to keep showing yall reality,"

Striking, isn't it, your ready eagerness to concede that Bush lied? We really have become accustomed to such deceit by now, haven't we? But dude, lying here gets Bush nowhere -- he has every reason to present the public with what would be a tremendous justification for his stupid little war, you're irrational speculations notwithstanding.

"Oh, and let's finish that quote you cherry picked: 'It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction.'"

Dude, that last clause about "capacity" in no way is relevant to any arguments one way or the other that Iraq had existing weapons of mass destruction, so consequently, I left it out. You Republicans really need to think more deeply before throwing out that "cherry-picked" stuff.

Herman,Your BDS is... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Herman,

Your BDS is WAY outta control, man.
Seriously... seek help.

I strongly object for JT as... (Below threshold)
epador:

I strongly object for JT as well as myself for being incorrectly labeled as Republicans.

I believe Herman has terminal BDS, SOTG. Better we just accept it and call either hospice or...


Blood for Odin!

BLOOD FOR ODIN! heh... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

BLOOD FOR ODIN! heh

Herman:Simple ques... (Below threshold)
Bryan:

Herman:

Simple question: Is mustard or sarin gas a WMD? If it is not, will you inhale some?

I just noticed that while I... (Below threshold)
Waycoolbrad:

I just noticed that while I suffered through 8 years of Clinton being a total skank in the White House, I never dropped the level of conversation when referring to him (well, maybe to call him a skank) But I never remember such discourse from the other side of the aisle as I do when those who disagree with the President attack him with such venom and petulence. I suffered through 8 scandal filled years of the Clinton administration. For God's sake, take it like a man! Oh, and by the way, Jeb is coming!! EGADS!!




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