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Monday, July 05, 2004

Weapon of Mass Embarrassment

Let's see. There was the fireman, the policeman, the Indian chief, and...the Secretary of State?

Colin Powell wasn't embarrassed telling lie after lie to the UN in February 2003, even though he had said two years earlier about Saddam: "He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction." (I was thrilled to see that quote used in F-911.) He wasn't embarrassed back in Vietnam when he was covering up My Lai. He wasn't embarrassed talking to Kurdish survivors of the 1988 gassing of Halabja last fall, even though he had been Reagan's national security advisor at the time, AND they knew that Saddam was using chemical weapons, AND they were supporting him. He wasn't embarrassed for saying "It's really not a number I'm terribly interested in" when he was asked how many Iraqis had been killed in the 1991 Gulf War. So why should we be surprised to find that he's not embarrassed to dress up like a member of the Village People and commit war crimes against music and dance?

And if you've got a really strong stomach, here's the video.