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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

"Threat" released

Saddam's Iraq was a threat due to WMD, we were told. It was imperative to invade and stop the dictator launching chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons on his neighbours. So how to explain this?

"Saddam Hussein's weapons experts, known as Dr Germ and Mrs Anthrax, are being released by US forces, an Iraqi lawyer has said, and the US military confirmed several "high-value detainees" were being freed.

"The US State Department said Rihab Taha, who was dubbed Dr Germ by the popular press in the West and admitted to producing germ warfare agents, was released because US forces could not justify keeping her as a security threat."

The evidence against Taha must have been either non-existent or pathetically weak. One more "threat" is reduced to insignificance.

9 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

How bizzare. And yet some individuals still maintain that WMD's exist.

http://www.nysun.com/article/24480

The war was Bush's choice and he admitted as mcuh on Sunday. The intelligence was wrong about why we needed to go to war, and although the war’s justification has been blown up along with half of Baghdad, he still maintain that we “absolutely” still should have, would have, gone to war.

Wasn’t this, in fact, a profound declaration of Bush Doctrine II?

We’re not talking a defense of preventative wars any longer. We’re not even talking the less-dicey diplomatic and legalistic ins and outs of preemptive wars. We’re talking wars of whimsy and superpower globullying because we just don’t like someone. We don’t need a reason other than that – and Bush just formulated “that” as official U.S. foreign policy.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:01:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

antony

Well duh, could it be that, er, er, like, er, that now that Saddam is bunged up, and they have been interrogated thoroughly, they are no threat?

We know it pains you that Saddam is no longer in power, but ant, you need to live in the now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:21:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Right on Neo,

Let's live in the now. As in NOW we know without a doubt that we were lied into an illegal, unecessary, monumental clusterfuck.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:29:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

I could not agree more. I opposed the war in the first place!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:05:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I must say I am surpised and impressed.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:46:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

Then my dear you ARE very easily impressed. Don't get me wrong. As a left-winger I have always advocated using western military muscle to kill morons and assholes, but ONLY if it can be done surgically and quickly.

These Bush bozos clearly had NO clue. Even if their ambitions have always been to guarantee an empire-on-steroids their tactics, PR, and strategy seem as though they would have failed a Politics 101 paper.

I will concede that I expected the death toll and carnage to have been much, much, much worse than it is 2 years down the track. And maybe they might yet surprise me. I would love nothing more than to discover in a year or so time that this was all part of their game plan and everything was on track.

I don't think I will hold my breath though.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:54:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

Let us all hope that she follows the example of that vile raghead Khouri. The more of these vermin that blow themselves to smithereens the better the world will be.

With the Palestinian Muslims now officially declaring to the world they are a terrorist state we must all pray that they all commit suicide. The sooner the better I am sure we ALL agree.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 6:47:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

neoleftychick said..

"I will concede that I expected the death toll and carnage to have been much, much, much worse than it is 2 years down the track."

I don't think we really appreciate how bad it really is.

"And maybe they might yet surprise me. I would love nothing more than to discover in a year or so time that this was all part of their game plan and everything was on track."

I have always believed that when Bush landed on the aircraft carrier and announced "Mission Accomplished" (stuff that the anti warrers and lefties have scoffed at) it was because he was correct. But not the mission they talk about. The whole plan was to fuck up the country, destroy it as a viable "nation", control the resources, open it up for US business, install military bases, etc. "Mission accomplished" was quite correct because that indeed was the mission. The other stuff , like democracy and "freedom"...is a sideshow and doesn't matter to them except for speeches to the mob. Now to believe this is to accept that "we" are not always nice guys. Difficult to believe, but I'm afraid, true.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 6:48:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Orang,

You are 100% right. The mission achieved what it was supposed to almost immediately. Mind you, teh Iraqi's knew what to expect, so have managed to fight back.

The failures have been the ones that were never intended - elections, exit stratergy, democracy, sovereignty.

Free and open elections only came abotu becasue of the wave of peaceful demonstrations initiated by Sistani. As Chomsky mentions in
this interview, the colaition doesn't fear the vilent insurgency nearly as much as the peacful one.

Thursday, December 22, 2005 12:52:00 am  

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