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03/18/2003 Entry: "History takes a hit"

"We have had preventive wars before. The Bay of Pigs was an operation the United States endorsed. That was a preventive operation. We were afraid that Castro was going to subvert the hemisphere. We helped topple Mosaddeq in Iran in 1953 but we didn't give out the kind of speeches that Mr. Bush has just given." Robert Dallek

Are we now proud of those misadventures?

"I think it's a new departure. It shows how public diplomacy is changing real diplomacy, that increasingly the business of nations is taking place in public. So you have the president of the United States making a public ultimatum to a foreign leader. It's a remarkable development." Walter Russell Mead

And isn't this the kind of misadventure, toppling foreign governments that are already well contained, that our Congress is supposed to keep from happening? That our Congress and our people have not been able to derail this insanity should be a wake-up call for all of us as to just how helpless we really are in this "democracy".

"Oh, I absolutely agree this is unique. And, it's a shameful moment actually in American history, the idea that we are going to attack a nation that is not attacking us, that is not attacking anybody else." Howard Zinn

Is everyone but Howard Zinn on that show nuts?

Four historians share their perspectives on President George W. Bush's ultimatum to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein., Newshour, March 17, 2003

Go read it and weep. Other than Howard Zinn, who looks older than God's wet nurse and probably won't last that long, these are the people who will be justifying the bush junta's crimes to future generations and will be getting it wrong.

And, by the way, I just read that a friend's husband said that he is sure Saddam has WMD. How would he know what UN Inspectors over a 12 year period have not been able to verify? At this point, no one I would buy a used car from has said that Iraq has WMD. And further, if or when during "Occupation! Iraq!" (CNN, call me for licensing on that one) some US or tame Iraq official "finds" some WDM, I will be hard pressed to believe it unless Jesus, flanked by Molly Ivins and Helen Thomas, comes to my door to tell me in person.

And yes, I am having a bad morning, but just a little worse than every morning since December 12, 2000. Okay, now I have to go to work and behave as if there is a future (worth struggling for).

Yeah.

 

 

 

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