Fact of the Week
Fact of the Week
At a recent fundraiser, George Bush tried to explain the need to depose
Saddam Hussein, to wit:
no doubt his hatred is mainly directed at us. There's no doubt he can't stand us.
After all, this is a guy that tried to kill my dad at one time."
Ignore for the moment that an assassination attempt on President Bush the Elder
does not entail antipathy for America or its people. (Does Bush the Younger, who wants
Saddam Hussein dead, want Iraqis to think that he can't stand them?). Seymour
Hersh reported almost nine years ago that the link between Iraq and the car
bomb intended for Bush the Elder is so insubstantial that it would not hold up
in an American court.
White House transcripts, 26 September 2002;
Yorker, 1 November 1993.
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In the Name of the Father
The Bush family's quest to remove the stain of the presidency of George
H. W. Bush has diminished the American empire that it seeks to exploit.
Proclaiming preemption as the basis for a national security strategy shows
an appalling lack of historical and political perspective.
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Preemptive Posturing: The new Nuclear Posture Review is needlessly
provocative in its dealings with North Korea (Hans Kristensen, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
Unconvincing Explanations: The Israeli government is both unconvincing and
contradictory in explaining its demolition of much of Yasser Arafat's compound (Ha'aretz).
Afghanistan Imperiled: A war with Iraq might further destabilize Afghanistan,
even as the Pentagon finds nation-building difficult (Ahmed Rashid, The Nation).
Not Again: The demands of global capitalism are driving us to war
(Arundhati Roy, The Guardian).
Ashcroft's Baghdad Connection: The attorney general and others in Washington
have backed an Iranian terror group with ties to Iraq (Michael Isikoff, Newsweek).
Where's the Movement?: Corporate reformers need to think radically, not
incrementally (Nick Penniman, The American Prospect).
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