WaPo’s Cohen is on another planet

Posted by on November 3, 2005

Richard Cohen’s piece “A War without Winners” is something I would expect to find as part of a Creative Writing class.

In some respects, Jordan is not having a bad war.

Jordan? At war? With who?

In some other respects, the war is not going well at all. The neighborhood — one of the worst in the world for a small country — has gotten considerably less stable since the war began. It is true, of course, that Saddam Hussein, the mad bully of the region, is locked up — and that is not an inconsiderable achievement. Although it is often overlooked, ridding this area and the world of a dictator who started two wars and savaged his own people has to be cause for a certain amount of cheer.

Vodkapundit has some fun with the “certain amount of cheer” comment. I could almost see him dipping his olive just before he wrote that.

The bit in Cohen’s piece…and oh what a piece it is…that really set me off is:

In short, and not taking into account the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the war in Iraq has hardly made this area more stable. It’s true, of course, that nothing catastrophic has yet occurred in the region, but the casual assurance that nothing will happen must now be held to a new post-Iraq standard: Just about everything Washington said was happening (weapons of mass destruction) and would happen (an easy occupation) has turned out to be utterly false.

While I admit that the post-fall-of-Baghdad occupation has not been easy, I don’t think any one that has read alittle military history expected the occupation would be easy. Hussein’s plan was to fall back, give the country to the “kafirs” and then start this little guerrila action. Fear not, Mr. Chamberlain…er…Cohen, our boys and girls in uniform along with the Iraqi people will continue to open up cans of whoops-@ss on these barbarians and before your little appeasing heart knows it, Iraq will be a solid democracy.

The thing that climbed under my skin is this tired meme that BUSH LIED! BUSH LIED! BUSH LIED! Chimpy McBushitler LIED for OIL! oh…wait…that’s not right…Chairman Dean? What’s the talking point again? Sorry, he’s busy practicing his scream.

Bottom line is simple. Every nation on the planet KNEW Hussein had chemical weapons. We saw the results in Halabjahand Iran.

UN Security Counsel Resolution 687 said in clear and unambiguous terms:

8. Decides that Iraq shall unconditionally accept the destruction, removal, or rendering harmless, under international supervision, of: (a) All chemical and biological weapons and all stocks of agents and all related subsystems and components and all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities;

[emphasis added]

After 9/11, President Bush held Hussein’s feet to the fire and forced the UNSCR into resolution 1441 which said:

    Recalling that in its resolution 687 (1991) the Council declared that a ceasefire would be based on acceptance by Iraq of the provisions of that resolution, including the obligations on Iraq contained therein,
    Decides that Iraq has been and remains in material breach of its obligations under relevant resolutions, including resolution 687 (1991), in particular through Iraq’s failure to cooperate with United Nations inspectors and the IAEA, and to complete the actions required under paragraphs 8 to 13 of resolution 687 (1991);
    Decides that false statements or omissions in the declarations submitted by Iraq pursuant to this resolution and failure by Iraq at any time to comply with, and cooperate fully in the implementation of, this resolution shall constitute a further material breach of Iraq’s obligations and will be reported to the Council for assessment in accordance with paragraphs 11 and 12 below;
    Recalls, in that context, that the Council has repeatedly warned Iraq that it will face serious consequences as a result of its continued violations of its obligations

God Bless Secretary Powell and his staff. He tried to get the UN to use harsher words than “serious consequences” but the Frenchies and Russians couldn’t bear to part with their Blood for Oil money and forced us into loosening the language. Everyone around the table knew what it meant though.

If Hussein no longer had his WMD then he had the responsibility under UNSCR 687 to TELL the UN what he had done with them and SHOW THEM the documentation of the destruction. He didn’t. Now we are faced with the question where did they go? We haven’t found anything more than a few hundred missiles designed for firing binary agent chemical weapons along with several hundred barrels of the precursor chemicals for Sarin and Mustard gas.

If President Bush lied, then so did virtually every member of the US Congress along with the leaders of every western nation. If we are going to impeach the President for lieing then let’s clean out the rest of the Congress and start over. Not a bad idea, that.

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  1. Singlemind Says:

    That last statement is what the GOP needs to be trumpeting. The biggest problem we have is the lack of a unified voice among the GOP in this war.

    I expect the Democraps to trump up the “Bush lied!” line, especially with nutbrains like Dean running their party.

    On the other hand, I expect the GOP to play more hardball on this. If Bush lied, then every damn Democrap on the Intel committees–WHO SAW THE SAME INTEL THAT BUSH SAW–is either in criminal conspiracy with Bush, or criminally negligent.

    They are either liars, or are more stupid than Bush. Which is it?

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