Friday, December 29, 2006

What he said!

The soon-to-come loss of the Iraq war and the sooner-to-come execution of Saddam Hussein have inspired Josh Marshall's best writing.
The Iraq War has been many things, but for its prime promoters and cheerleaders and now-dwindling body of defenders, the war and all its ideological and literary trappings have always been an exercise in moral-historical dress-up for a crew of folks whose times aren't grand enough to live up to their own self-regard and whose imaginations are great enough to make up the difference. This is just more play-acting.
The war had many motives, all of them bad. Among them was the determination of a churchmouse to play Churchill.
folks should definitely check out larisa's brilliant speculations on what the expedited execution is about. strategic thinking at its best.
Let me get this straight. Saddam was convicted and will be put to death for retaliating against a village that allegedly tried to assassinate him.
Now didn't Saddam allegedly put a hit out on GHW Bush and isn't this war a bit of a retaliation for that?
I'll never understand who Bush thinks he is. One day to the next. None of it sane.

Anyway, let's hope, as Larisa does, that her scenario is fantasy chess and won't come to pass. I'm not particularly hopeful, but then I'm depressed lately anyway.

Would it be possible for the new Congress to undo that "blank check" to Bush asap? Blank check to a blank mind just isn't right. Anyway, they've got to rescind that check and institute others as quickly as possible. And Fuck Cheney if I haven't already said that.

Miss P.
Without doubt, the “trial” of Saddam and subsequent execution will be seen as the decisions of Nuremberg turned on their head. What if the Nazis triumphed and put “war criminals” on trial?

The idea that Saddam committed his horrors in isolation is ridiculous. I do recall the U.S. government providing precursors to his poisonous WMDs. Any fair (as in REAL) trial would’ve had Rummy and cohorts...oh, let’s say the entire Reagan administration...under prosecution as well.

Marshall’s writing is both apt and searing.
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