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Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Why I like to read what the other side thinks...
Sometimes, they put your opinion better than you can. Here's a particularly good statement that is a much better wording to something I've said for years:
"Frankly, the status quo in the Middle East is so screwed up today, I say let's go ahead and stir things up and see what happens when the dust settles. Obviously, we can't predict exactly how it's going play out, but I really believe whatever comes next for Iraq can't be worse than Saddam. At this point, better the devil we don't know. Chances are it will not be a flowering of democracy there over night, if ever, but any measure of freedom that may result will be an improvement. And let's just imagine that, like in Afghanistan, the citizens there actually do feel liberated and some measure of gratitude after all is done. Is that such an extreme fantasy? I don't think so. And I, for one, look very forward to seeing what the French are going to have to say for themselves to the Iraqi people then.
Read These Later
The Earlier One
The Current One
Monday, March 17, 2003
The Chips Are Down, Let's See Those Cards
First, the text of the speech can be found HERE.
"My fellow citizens, events in Iraq have now reached the final days of decision."
Comment 1: What, no hello? No "Greetings"? Not even so much as a joke?
Comment 2: Political to American Translation -- Dip? Fan. Fan? Dip. Get to know each other.
"The United States and other nations did nothing to deserve or invite this threat, but we will do everything to defeat it. Instead of drifting along toward tragedy, we will set a course toward safety."
Comment: Take note, France, that standing in the way of that course is an invitation to being flattened.
"Recognizing the threat to our country, the United States Congress voted overwhelmingly last year to support the use of force against Iraq."
Comment: A legislative body beholden and answering to the public, acting in their interest. Imagine that! Sarcasm aside, though, I agree with the BlogFather that this was an open and pointed statement to the UN about where the real authority lays.
"All the decades of deceit and cruelty have now reached an end. Saddam Hussein and his sons must leave Iraq within 48 hours. Their refusal to do so will result in military conflict commenced at a time of our choosing. For their own safety, all foreign nationals, including journalists and inspectors, should leave Iraq immediately."
Comment: text in bold above emphasized by me. I wouldn't expect this to begin Thursday afternoon (when the 48 hours ends). It'll happen when we're ready, and that's more likely to begin when conditions favor us (darkness -- especially moon phase, weather, the sudden shift in Turkey, etc.).
"It is too late for Saddam Hussein to remain in power. It is not too late for the Iraq military to act with honor and protect your country, by permitting the peaceful entry of coalition forces to eliminate weapons of mass destruction. Our forces will give Iraqi military units clear instructions on actions they can take to avoid being attack and destroyed. I urge every member of the Iraqi military and intelligence services: If war comes, do not fight for a dying regime that is not worth your own life."
Comment: Political to American translation -- the gloves are off, boyos. Surrender, or die trying.
"And all Iraqi military and civilian personnel should listen carefully to this warning: In any conflict, your fate will depend on your actions. Do not destroy oil wells, a source of wealth that belongs to the Iraqi people."
Comment: Ignorance, offense, 5 yard penalty, assessed from the spot of the foul... That was a dropped ball, Mr. President, giving your enemies at home ammunition. No mention needed to be made of this.
"Free nations have a duty to defend our people by uniting against the violent, and tonight, as we have done before, America and our allies accept that responsibility."
Comment: Insert "designated driver for the world" crack here.
"Good night, and may God continue to bless America."
More on the Vichy Chicks
Of course, the new nickname for the group is per Cold Fury's request to find a new name for them. I actually got that one from Sgt. Stryker; I find it to be wonderfully appropriate.