Shrub,a pitiful helpless midget.
profrv at nex.net.au
Wed Apr 21 19:34:34 PDT 1999
Bush's "Credibility Fixation" on Iraq
You know Washington is sinking into quicksand whenever you start hearing
that the U.S. should go through with its militaristic plans because if it
doesn't, we would lose credibility.
I hadn't heard that hoary rationalization since the darkest days of
Vietnam, but there it was again, in the mouth of James Schlesinger, the
former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Energy and all
around grand-poohbah of the Washington establishment.
Here's what he told The New York Times: "Given all we have said as a
leading world power about the necessity of regime change in Iraq . . . our
credibility would be badly damaged if that regime change did not take place."
Of all the reasons to go to war against Iraq, that's the worst possible
one. That's like saying, "OK, it may be a stupid idea, but since we've said
it so many times, we've got to do it."
Before Rumsfeld and Bush go off half-cocked, let's assess the short-term
rationality of this planned invasion.
First of all, it would be against international law, since Iraq has not
attacked the United States and is not imminently preparing to do so.
Second, it would be against the U.S. Constitution for Bush to do this
without a declaration of war from Congress.
Third, it would mess up our relations with our allies, and further enrage
the Muslim world, which is the last thing the United States needs right now.
Fourth, it could wreak havoc with our economy, which is already wobbly enough.
And fifth and foremost, it could kill tens of thousands of people, many of
them innocent civilians
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