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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Wars on reason and English continue

AWol answered some questions after yesterday's stupidfest in Philly (emphasis added):
Q I would like to know why you and others in your administration invoke 9/11 as justification for the invasion of Iraq --


Q -- when no respected journalists or other Middle Eastern experts confirm that such a link existed.

THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that. 9/11 changed my look on foreign policy. I mean, it said that oceans no longer protect us, that we can't take threats for granted; that if we see a threat, we've got to deal with it. It doesn't have to be militarily, necessarily, but we got to deal with it. We can't -- can't just hope for the best anymore.

And so the first decision I made, as you know, was to -- was to deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan because they were harboring terrorists. This is where the terrorists planned and plotted. And the second decision, -- which was a very difficult decision for me, by the way, and it's one that I -- I didn't take lightly -- was that Saddam Hussein was a threat. He is a declared enemy of the United States; he had used weapons of mass destruction; the entire world thought he had weapons of mass destruction. The United Nations had declared in more than 10 -- I can't remember the exact number of resolutions -- that disclose, or disarm, or face serious consequences. I mean, there was a serious international effort to say to Saddam Hussein, you're a threat. And the 9/11 attacks extenuated that threat, as far as I -- concerned.

And so we gave Saddam Hussein the chance to disclose or disarm, and he refused. And I made a tough decision. And knowing what I know today, I'd make the decision again. Removing Saddam Hussein makes this world a better place and America a safer country. (Applause.)
"This is where the terrorists planned and plotted." Maybe one of the places, a minor one, where the terrorists planned and plotted--along with Germany, Spain, Georgia, Florida and Nevada. Maybe a good thing W doesn't know that.

Extenuate: " To lessen or attempt to lessen the magnitude or seriousness of, especially by providing partial excuses." ( So as far as W was concerned, 9/11 lessened the "threat" from Saddam.

"He refused." Well, Saddam had already disarmed years before the 2002/3 ultimatums, and he put out thousands of pages of disclosure about the destruction of the weapons (something the UN weapons inpectors and the CIA knew about anyway--and I'm sure that the Bushies and most of Congress did too). Oh well, W thinks "extenuate" means "makes worse," so maybe he thinks "refused" means "gave in totally, and, like, kissed our butts besides, the wuss." Of course, it is pretty obvious that he thinks that "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution" means "use it as toilet paper."

Applause. APPLAUSE?????? Holy crap.


No wonder we're the strongest nation on earth.