'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

But Did Saddam Have a Secretary Named Osama and Osama Have a Secretary Named Saddam? 

Little Scottie just offered a really boneheaded bit of spin to deal with the fact that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda -- this Financial Times article summarizes the new rationale:

The Bush administration on Tuesday rolled out a freshly formulated rationale for the invasion of Iraq, claiming there were "disturbing similarities" between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.

I really hope this idea becomes the basis of a new White House spin campaign because it's just so goddam dumb. Here's more of the Scottie quote: (from "US flip flop over Saddam al-Qaeda link ", AAP/Reuters)

There are clearly ties between Iraq and, between the regime, Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qaeda. And there are clearly some disturbing similarities that existed as well.

[ ... ]

The regime and al-Qaeda both celebrated the September 11th (2001) attacks in America.

I read the above as saying that it is the official position of the White House that it's okay to invade a country as long as the country is similar to something we don't like. So how about this: there's some "disturbing similarities" between South Korea and North Korea -- for instance, (1) they both have "Korea" in their names, (2) they're near each other, and (3) lots of Koreans live in both countries -- does that mean we should invade South Korea?

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