The Echo Chamber
Thursday, March 04, 2004
  12:57 PM

I'd like to respond to what some (Andrew Sullivan) are calling a HUGE failure on the part of the Bush Administration to take out Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi. You can find a report of the "blown" chances here: Money Quote

Military officials insist their case for attacking ZarqawiÂ’s operation was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.

The United States did attack the camp at Kirma at the beginning of the war, but it was too late — Zarqawi and many of his followers were gone. “Here’s a case where they waited, they waited too long and now we’re suffering as a result inside Iraq,” Cressey added.

And despite the Bush administrationÂ’s tough talk about hitting the terrorists before they strike, ZarqawiÂ’s killing streak continues today.


That's it! They discovered that Bush really did concoct this war in Texas for political gain, just like Ted Kennedy said. I would like to interject some reality into this story for everyone who is salivating at the thought of it(I saw the actual break of the story on Nightly News this week and Tom Brokaw was grinning ear to ear).

Let's say that Bush had launched an attack into Northern Iraq in the Summer or Fall of 2002 or even December of 2002. IMMEDIATELY, the move would have been viewed as a declaration of war by Hussein, the UN, and the Democratic Party. President Bush would have been lambasted as a straight war-monger who cared not for the sovereingty of any other nation besides the US. Wait, they called him that anyway. Maybe he should made a stupid foreign policy move and started the war months early while inspectors were still on the ground.

Second note: Those who ask why this is different from Clinton not getting Bin Laden are completely missing the relevant facts. Libya OFFERED Bin Laden to us...three times actually. Al-Zarqawi wasn't offered to us by Iraq. The difference therefore is in the issue of national sovereignty. We wouldn't hav violated Libya's by taking Bin Laden, we would have been crucified for violating Iraq's.

UPDATE: Read this post and tell me again why Andrew Sullivan was touted as a conservative....

Now, they're after Internet pills. Yes, there are some addiction issues (but, then, there always are). But why cannot the state treat citizens and doctors as grown-ups? What business is it of the government to decide whether someone cannot use a prescription medication for pleasure or relief if she decides it's something she wants to do and a doctor is prepared to prescribe it? Ditto steroids. Frankly, the way in which the internet has broken down some of our puritanical attitudes toward the pharmaceutical revolution has been a great step forward for human freedom and medical or recreational choice. I guess the possibility that someone out there may be experiencing actual pleasure is enough to send the government into a full-scale panic. We're used to the insane war on illegal drugs. Now they want a war on the legal ones as well. Can't Rush Limbaugh protest this incursion of over-weening government? Oh, wait ...


 


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