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Everything is proceeding exactly as I had foreseen it - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Everything is proceeding exactly as I had foreseen it
It has become increasingly clear that the imminent global threat posed by Iraq’s WMD programs, one of the administration’s main selling points for our little war, was grossly exaggerated. As time wears, more and more holes in the argument appear. The intelligence that Iraq attempted to purchase uranium in Africa was shown to be fabricated. Rumors from within the intelligence community point to policy driving output, rather than output driving policy, and now critics are being outed in order to ensure that the rest remain in line. The certainty of the locations and types of chemical and biological agents being developed has been replaced with calls to be patient, to let weapons inspectors do their jobs. We are now talking about possibilities. So many statements begin with, "IF these weapons exist..." that it’s hard to accept that the evidence was as compelling as was represented.

In the face of the criticism that the administration has been unable to demonstrate that the much-vaunted imminent global threat existed, the hawks have fallen back from the argument. It was only one of the reasons that led to the war, they say. Ousting Hussein’s regime was a major step in our war on terror.

Curious.

In their recently published annual report, the International Institute for Strategic Studies assessed that the war in Iraq has likely increased al-Qaida’s recruiting power, morale, and operational capability, and further, that any conclusive failure to find WMD in Iraq will only serve to heighten this problem. In other words, though the US may have eliminated a state that supported terrorist activities, the means by which we accomplished this has actually strengthened radicalist resolve and made the world less safe. We have simply perpetuated the problem we supposedly aimed to address.


And pray, do not venture towards the "bringing democracy to Iraq" rhetoric.
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c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: October 17th, 2003 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
You Interpol-ing tonight?

-ia.
komos From: komos Date: October 17th, 2003 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I was going to post J, but got dragged off before I had the chance. As much as I'd like to go to the show, I think I'm pooping out on you guys. I have no good reason outside of my sleep schedule being off this week and feeling so tired that my joints ache. You can point and laugh tomorrow.

Still interested in the bottle brunch tomorrow, though? Not 100% sure it will be ready, but I can drop a post to you tonight to let you know how things are progressing.
starboogie From: starboogie Date: October 17th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Amen to all that, and concisely stated. When I start thinking about US adventures overseas, I usually get as eloquent as "But... but... but... um.... omgwtf????" before my head explodes.

If I were the people in that card deck of bad guys, I'd hope for another four years for Dubya, too.
komos From: komos Date: October 17th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The sad part is that I was saying all of this as we embarked on this venture and was being patted on the head by the "sometimes you need to carry a knife to keep the peace" set. I am by no means a pacifist. My fault lies in that I recognize the difference between carrying a knife and putting on gang colors and waving that knife around saying "I cut you, man!"

Based on what I know about the history of American intervention in the area, I could see no other outcome outside of making an already bad situation worse. Now I've a well regarded think-tank backing up my ideas. (And I want them to give me a job.)
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