bogus white house statement of the day
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush closed ranks with allies supporting his hard line against Saddam Hussein as the White House lashed out Thursday at U.S. critics, accusing them of "doing nothing about a growing menace."
This kind of dishonesty is exactly what's keeping me skeptical about Bush's desire to invade Iraq. There's a huge difference between opposing an unprovoked attack and advocating "doing nothing." Iraq has been contained since 1991, and inspectors found no evidence that it has revived its nuclear program (unlike chemical and biological weapons, a nuclear program is extremely difficult to conceal). Bush himself seems to agree, at last, that negotiation is the proper tack with Iraq's fellow axis of evil member, North Korea.
The Bush Administration is going to war whether anyone supports them or not. But if they had a case to make, they should make it, and not create bogus rhetorical distinctions like opposing invasion=doing nothing.
In further Bush-wa developments, Kevin Drum points to Tim Dunlop's post on an Ari Fleischer press conference dealing with the fact that Bush himself blew one of its intel sources during the SotU: prisoner interrogations:
Q: Would you then consider releasing, for example, a transcript of the interview with the detainee that establishes that link so that we can judge more fully the information?
A: I don't even know
In other words, once again, they claim they have evidence. And no, we can't see it.