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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Syria is finding itself in some hot water. Unlike some other states in the region, they are playing this situation with a neat, brilliant maneuver by handing the United Sates a fait accompli. By proposing a UN resolution to rid all of the Middle East of all weapons of mass destruction, the world gets to see how dedicated and serious the US is about the issue. The catch? The resolution and resulting treaty would have to include Israel, which may/may not/bloody likely has WMDs. Will the US go against Israel and support the treaty, or will it oppose the resolution based on some flimsy argument or technicality because its only 100% ally on the face of the planet will be diminished? This really is a no-win situation for Bush; he can praise or deride the move all he wants, he has to know Syria is setting him up to play the fool. Watching this play out is going to be tons 'o fun. For more commentary on this issue, check out the Daliy Kos.

Military continues to discharge linguists. I don't even need to comment on how ridiculous this is.

"They said the UN inspectors were bumbling idiots and can't find anything. Now these guys are looking like bumbling idiots that can't find anything.'' Just because the Bush administration says Iraq has WMDs, doesn't mean there aren't any. Even the loudest and most gullible street demonstrator is hoping against hope the US doesn't find anything because, at this point, it's the only thing those people have to hold on to; it's the only shoutable slogan that still has any credibility. I have no doubt Iraq held such weapons; it's almost a certainty that some still exisit somewhere in some form. Will the US find them? Maybe, but not after only a few weeks of searching; UN weapons inspectors--the experts, not a bunch of half-assed GIs--were there for months without finding anything more than circumstantial evidence. Still, we know Iraq had them at one time, so it isn't a logical stretch to assume they still had them at the outbreak of war. Why didn't Iraq use them in combat if they still had them? Beats me; maybe they couldn't find them either, or maybe they held back and decided to make the US look bad.

At any rate, the jeering and mockery aimed at Bush for being unable to hold up some Iraqi chemical weapons for the world to see is still a bit premature. The US is going to be in Iraq for a long time. Something damning will probably turn up. The longer it takes, though, the more his case for the war erodes, since it will demonstrate that the UN inspectors really did need all that extra time.


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