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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Uncle Saddam

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George W. Bush Series

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The qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in America also determine our conduct abroad. The American flag stands for more than our power and our interests. Our founders dedicated this country to the cause of human dignity, the rights of every person and the possibilities of every life...Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations, built armies and arsenals, and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world. In each case, their ambitions of cruelty and murder had no limit. In each case, the ambitions of Hitlerism, militarism and communism were defeated by the will of free peoples, by the strength of great alliances and by the might of the United States of America.
George W. Bush's State of the Union Speech, January 28, 2003

Almost three months ago, the United Nations Security Council gave Saddam Hussein his final chance to disarm. He has shown instead utter contempt for the United Nations and for the opinion of the world.
George W. Bush's State of the Union Speech, January 28, 2003

Poor is the man, whose pleasures depend upon the permission of another.
Madonna, Justify My Love, Written by Lenny Kravitz, additional lyrics by Madonna

Under sanctions, even now, the health situation for Iraqi children is bad," told a reporter at a Baghdad children's hospital on Wednesday. "You can imagine if a war breaks out. This would be a health catastrophe."
Dr. Ahmed Abdul Fattar, "Saddam: Iraq Is Ready for U.S. Attack," Associated Press, January 29, 2003

Dick Cheney; his chief of staff, Scooter Libby; and the Pentagon official Paul Wolfowitz also think Saddam is the perfect lab rat on which to test their new pre-emptive "empire strikes first" national security strategy, which Mr. Wolfowitz and Mr. Libby first drafted back in 1992, during the Bush 41 administration, when Mr. Cheney was defense secretary. The first President Bush found the ideas too far out. But now his son has put them into play. Bush 43, former prep school football yell leader, is reputed to be the author of the phrase in the new national security strategy that sums up the policy: "We recognize that our best defense is a good offense." (Didn't Sunday's Super Bowl prove that the best defense is a good defense?)
Maureen Dowd, "The Empire Strikes First," The New York Times, January 29, 2003

Last night we heard business as usual from President Bush. You can accuse us as much as you'd like but you cannot provide a shred of evidence...I would like to remind the Bush administration that the Iraqi people struggled through the first half of the last century to gain their independence from colonialism and strived through the second half of the century to preserve their independence. Our independence is too dear to us we will spare nothing to defend it. The American invasion did not succeed in Vietnam and it will never succeed in Iraq.
Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammed Aldouri, "Iraqi Diplomat Says U.S. Is 'Blinded by Oil Fever'" by TimothyL. O'Brien, The New York Times, January 29, 2003.

 
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