Weapons Inspector for Iraq has produced his report – remember David Kay’s report wasn’t good enough for this administration – and it goes from bad to worse. According to the Washington Post, the report discounts the Iraqi arms threat and that Saddam wanted WMDs, but had no concrete plans or program to develop them.
comes a choice quote by Dick Cheney: “And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam Hussein worth? And the answer is not very damned many. So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait [in 1991], but also when the president made the decision that wed achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq…” Read the whole quote in The Australian.
to omit controversial sources that might be blocked from it’s Chinese Google News service. In other words, they condone the Chinese government’s blocking of those sites. Worse, though, they have tried to explain it away as a usability issue on the Google Blog.
Let’s just get this straight. Website usability does NOT provide cover for a company to go out of its way to condone the censorship conducted by an authoritarian, single-party-state government.
The Forgotten Crisis, Aug 17 2004.
Europeans cannot criticize the United States for waging war in Iraq if they are unwilling to exhibit the moral fiber to stop genocide by acting collectively and with decisiveness. President Bush was wrong to go into Iraq unilaterally when Iraq posed no danger to the United States, but we were right to demand accountability from Saddam. We are also right to demand accountability in Sudan. Every day that goes by without meaningful sanctions and even military intervention in Sudan by African, European and if necessary U.N. forces is a day where hundreds of innocent civilians die and thousands are displaced from their land. […] My challenge to the U.N. and Europe is simple: if you don’t like American diplomacy under George Bush, then do something to show those of us in opposition here in the U.S. that you can behave in such a way that unilateralism is not necessary.