Re: Yikes! Diesel $4.50/gallon
On May 5, 8:42 pm, sch...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Guenter Scholz) wrote:
Interesting, this is why people from the US are such an enigma. By and large
many don't appear to be capable of putting two and two together and deduce
the obvious. See, for example, the US's (ie the present administrations)
claim re Iraq and the nigh on unamious acceptance of their claim by the
people .... regardless what other countries, the UN etc had to say. Then
Tom comes along and has his finger on the pulse ..... there is hope
First, there is no question at all that Iraq at one point did in fact
have WMDs and that they had actually used them on numerous occasions.
Just prior to the Iraq war, not only did US intelligence believe they
still had WMDs and were continuing to try to reconstitute more WMD
programs, but so did British, Russian and Israeli intelligence.
Now, let's look at this in a balanced perspective. Has intelligence
ever been anywhere near 100%? It's virtually impossible for a foreign
govt to know for sure exactly what is going on when a country engages
in projects they are trying to keep secret. Was it even up to the
rest of the world to have to figure out what was going on in Iraq?
The answer is no. Iraq had invaded Kuwait and part of the cease fire
agreement that ended that agression that was internationally condemned
was a provision that provided Iraq must account for all their WMDs,
end their programs, come clean with the world. They were required to
allow full and open inspections by the UN weapons inspectors.
For years they played cat and mouse games with the inspectors, kicking
them out of the country, denying them access to key facilities,
refusing to produce witnesses, etc. On the eve of the Iraq war, in
his final report, UN weapons inspector Hans Blix clearly stated that
the Iraqis were still not fully cooperating with the UN weapons
inspectors and consequently there was much that could not be
documented as to the status of WMDs. It was not the job of any
intelligence service to guess what was going on. What was required
was for Iraq to fully disclose and cooperate so the UN could ascertain
for sure. And keep in mind that this was with 300,000 international
troops massed on Iraqs borders ready to invade if full cooperation was
not forthcoming. Had Iraq not been invaded, Saddam would have simply
continued to play his games and the troops that were staged and ready
could not stay there indefinitely.
The same crowd that is bitching about Iraq and no WMDs would instead
be demanding Bush's resignation had he done nothing and then it turned
out Iraq did produce WMDs that were later used. The line of argument
would be that Iraq was not complying with the UN resolutions, not
allowing full inspections, that US, British, Russian, Israeli
intelligence all said they were in various stages of continuing to try
to make WMDs, so how could Bush be so stupid? It's easy being a
Monday morning quarterback.
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