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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: "there's 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.

Sources: White House transcripts, 26 September 2002; The New Yorker, 1 November 1993.

This week's columns

In the Name of the Father
Paul Corrigan

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.

Pax Americana
Tim Francis-Wright

Proclaiming preemption as the basis for a national security strategy shows an appalling lack of historical and political perspective.

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