A January 27 report on CBS’s 60 Minutes attempted to answer what CBS reporter Scott Pelley claimed was a key mystery of the Iraq War: Why didn’t Saddam Hussein tell the world he had no weapons of mass destruction, and thus avoid the U.S.-led invasion? But if Pelley had been watching his own network’s exclusive interview with Hussein on the eve of the war, he would have known that Hussein did exactly that.
RATHER: Saddam also rejected Bush administration allegations that besides the missile delivery system, he still has weapons of mass destruction.
HUSSEIN: I think America and the world also knows that Iraq no longer has the weapons. And I believe the mobilization that’s been done was, in fact, done partly to cover the huge lie that was being waged against Iraq about chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. That is why, when you talk about such missiles, these missiles have been destroyed. There are no missiles that are contrary to the prescription of the United Nations in Iraq. They are no longer there.
There are probably more then two scenarios that the Right and a few Democrats are still using to justify the invasion of Iraq in regards to WMD. One is the two most often heard theories is the bizarre assertion, held not just by the freeper crowd that the Russians helped Saddam smuggle his WMD out of Iraq at the last minute to some super secret site in Syria. The other is that Saddam wanted everyone to believe he had WMD for whatever reasons.
The Die Has Been Cast by Victor Davis Hanson at The National Review, Tuesday, February 05, 2008
But so far today I have gotten the usual daily spam e-mail from various fringe and self-acclaimed conservative groups and personages — variously alleging that McCain was not a real war hero, questioning his conduct during capture, commenting on his marital situation, and suggesting he was unhinged and identical to Ted Kennedy, Hillary (fill in the blanks). I think for most the level of vituperation is astounding and completely unforeseen.
Hanson is astounded by the behavior of the very same Conservatives who spread rumors about McCain in the 2000 race against Bush. Does Hanson live in cave and have a memory scrub between elections. Where was he when his Conservative cohorts were spreading vicious rumors about the Clintons and Vince Foster or attacking John Kerry’s honorable service. Andy McCarthy, also at The National Review replies in Re: The Die Has Been Cast, Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Moreover, the vituperation was directed at us; we were not, like Dr. Hanson, observing as a stunned third party. We had dared suggest that our law’s categorical ban on torture ought to be rethought. Sen. McCain’s approach was not reasoned dialogue. He labeled us torture mongers. I found this vituperation particularly dismaying because (a) my proposal was intended to reduce incidents of torture and other prisoner abuse; (b) though I disagreed with Sen. McCain’s insistence on a categorical ban, I acknowledged both his logic and good faith; and (c) I consistently made a point of noting the awe with which I regard Sen. McCain’s courage and patriotism.
But we were merely the latest in lines of people who find themselves smeared by Sen. McCain over policy disagreements. It’s a hallmark of the senator’s politics to scald his opponents in the most ad hominem fashion. Yes, I wish imbeciles wouldn’t slander such an authentic American hero as John McCain. Still, his supporters’ sudden angst about overheated charges is a bit precious.
Two delusional members of the extreme Right. You know the kind of fringe ideologues that make Thomas Jefferson spin in his grave decide that little details and the truth matter. At lest for now and concerning these particular circumstances. It’s called irony wrapped up in a blanket of moral relativism.
Kids pay attention, this is an important lesson from a Republican blogger on how one should base their vote, Classical Values blog, February 05, 2008, “McCain is bad.” “Therefore, Romney is good!”
I think that by the standards of conservative ideologues today, both men are RINOs. The difference is that Romney “cleans up better.”
This is not surprising. The fact is, Romney just looks better to begin with. As I said late last night, he looks like a gentleman. More presidential.
But I think McCain is tougher, and has a much thicker skin.
Sometimes core traits are more important than appearances. (emphasis mine)
There you have it, a total rejection of any shallow considerations. Romney looks better, but McCain is more thick skinned. Thick skinnedness is a core value. Vote core values. Then remember as CV reminds their readers despite McCain’s stellar extreme Right record he is still a RINO. Which tells you how fringe most Republican blogs are in terms of where the nation is.
CIA director Michael Hayden confirmed in an open session of Congress Tuesday his agency’s use of an interrogation technique many consider torture — a technique at the center of a national debate on the treatment of U.S. detainees in the war on terror and in the war in Iraq.
Hayden asserted that they did get some relevant information from those sessions, but there was no mention of the possibility that the information could have been obtained through other interrogation methods and further down in the story, “Some intelligence officials who reviewed reports based on those interrogations have challenged the idea they provided useful information.” In 1947 a Japanese officer was charged with war crimes by the United States for water boarding.
“Crime takes but a moment but justice an eternity” ~ anonymous