John Ashcroft Sings. Badly. An awful song he wrote.
Iraq Resolution Gives Wide Powers to U.S. Forces
(The resolution) does not give a definite timetable for the foreign force to leave and calls for a review after a year. An elected Iraqi government, after January, can also call for such a review.Military bases in Iraq are necessary to wage perpetual war against evil (read "Islam").
A review, however, would be similar to an open-ended mandate and would not mean the force would leave unless the Security Council, where the United States has veto power, decides it should do so.
Asked on "Fox News Sunday" why Habib was on the run if he is innocent, Chalabi said, "In Iraq there is no justice. There is Abu Ghraib prison ... We don't want anybody to be subjected to Abu Ghraib."Ouch! No fair! Daddy, he bit me!
"The Arabs are not doing anything to retaliate against these countries,'' the Libyan leader said of smaller Iraq occupation countries, such as Italy, Australia and Bulgaria. "The Arab summit should have warned these countries to withdraw their forces from Iraq or else they should consider themselves at a state of war with the Arab countries.''...doesn't square with the Bush administration's claims that our Iraqi mission has tamed Qaddafi. In his 2004 State of the Union, Bush referenced Gaddafi's decision to surrender of WMD's as evidence of a successful strategy in the war on terrorism. Bush said,
Because of American leadership and resolve, the world is changing for the better. Nine months of intense negotiations involving the United States and Great Britain succeeded with Libya, while 12 years of diplomacy with Iraq did not."Yet Flynt Leverett, the former National Security Council's senior director for Middle Eastern affairs, quickly debunked Bush's claim in a NY Times editorial:
However, by linking shifts in Libya's behavior to the Iraq war, the president misrepresents the real lesson of the Libyan case.Further, it frankly isn't clear whether Libya even has WMD's or WMD programs, emptying the whole Attacking-Iraq-Equals-Libyan-Capitulation equation of relevance.
The Iraq war, which had not yet started, was not the driving force behind Libya's move. Rather, Libya was willing to deal because of credible diplomatic representations by the United States over the years, which convinced the Libyans that doing so was critical to achieving their strategic and domestic goals.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, an Islamist Web site said Tuesday.And George Bush displayed his typically poor grasp of the Iraqi war situation just yesterday when he told U.S. Armed Forces Radio, "One of the reasons why things have quieted down recently is there's fewer of them to make noise, fewer of the enemy to make noise."
A poor quality videotape on the site showed a man dressed in orange overalls sitting bound on a white plastic chair in a bare room, then on the floor with five masked men behind him.
"My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael... I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah," said the bound man, adding he was from Philadelphia.
After one of the masked men read out a statement, they pushed Berg to the floor and shouted "God is greatest" above his screams as one of them sawed his head off with a large knife then held it aloft for the camera. (full story)
Years after Iraq was defeated in the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein secretly decided in the mid-'90s to get rid of his weapons of mass destruction, mostly chemical stockpiles, because they were too easy to find and could be rebuilt after world sanctions lapsed, Kay said.This reality may never replace the lies and fantasies of the right, but maybe just maybe enough swing voters will get it to send Bush back to Crawford. Maybe.
Saddam kept up a policy of deception against weapons inspectors because he feared that the Iraqi people and his own army might overthrow him if they were not convinced he still had the weapons, Kay said. Every Iraqi general who has been interrogated was convinced the weapons were still in Iraq but had not seen them for years, he said.
American intelligence agencies remained fooled because Iraqis who wanted Saddam toppled kept feeding them false stories about his hidden stockpiles of chemical and other weapons, Kay said.
"They told us about weapons in order to get us to invade Iraq," he said. "They moved U.S. policy, and we didn't catch it."
The commander in chief seems not to fathom the depth of the difficulties when he describes the insurgent cleric Moqtada Sadr as a person who will not ``allow democracy to flourish." ``Allow"? If some bad people would just behave, democracy would sprout like tulips?