Thursday | January 30, 2003
No conclusive evidence
Well, even as administration officials hype Powell's "Adlai moment" at the UN next week, there is still some dampening of expectations:
Officials cautioned that no one photo or piece of evidence will conclusively prove the administration's case; instead, they describe what they say will be an accumulation of damning details. ''What we're showing is a pattern of behavior,'' a senior administration official said. ''You're not going to have pictures of warheads.I think I am finally resolved to the fact that war is inevitable. It's a shame that Bush is so hell-bent on going to war that he will risk the lives of thousands to do so, and all on circumstancial evidence.
Obviously Saddam is a brutal dictator, and I'm sure he's got things to hide. But is he a threat to US national security -- worth throwing away lives and treasure to depose? That case has not been made. And it won't be made. But that's irrelevant to an administration that keeps using discarded "evidence" of a nuclear program (the aluminum tubes) and a hypothetical link to Al Qaeda to justify a war that even super-hawks like Normal Schwarzkopf won't buy.
And we will keep throwing around words like "Democracy", even while making allies of countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Pakistan -- which wouldn't know Democracy if it smacked them upside the head.
But all for the greater glory of Bush.
...there is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. - Dwight Eisenhower
Update: The administration and its lackeys are trumpeting the support of eight European nations as proof that US action is not unilateral. Fair enough. But what they don't talk about is the 39 other European countries who have not joined the bandwagon. More on that here.Posted January 30, 2003 09:00 AM | Comments (45)