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Monday, July 14, 2003
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A Condemned Policy

Gee, I feel darn good about this:

President Bush said Monday he had "darn good intelligence" on Iraq despite his disputed State of the Union claim that Baghdad sought to purchase uranium from Africa.

Sorry, darn good intel is not good enough. You've killed thousands of people. One of the myriad reasons preventive, or dare I call it aggressive, warfare is wrong.

Bush also said:

"The larger point is and the fundamental question is, 'Did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program?' And the answer is, 'Absolutely,' " Bush told reporters after a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

To borrow a phrase, that's a bunch of bull. War was sold to the American people as a defense against an imminent threat, not against a non-existent program. And let us not forget Justice Jackson's statement after WWII:

[W]e must not allow ourselves to be drawn into a trial of the causes of the war, for our position is that no grievances or policies will justify resort to aggressive war. It is utterly renounced and condemned as an instrument of policy.

Sorry, but no spin will justify the resort to aggressive war.


[Update, 9:46PM: There's a huuuuuge thread over at Kos today. Started with a picture from the latest deadly attack in Iraq, and ranged all over. Somewhere in there, KevinA noted: "This nation does not have the right to launch invasions of whoever we want whenever we want. We need to work through the United Nations and make the United Nations a stronger force in the fight to maintain human rights, not tear down the UN so we can go gallivanting off by ourselves." I was getting really pissed at all the justification going on, and KevinA's spot on commentary resonated with me, so I went on a bit of a rant. I quoted Jackson again, then added the following:

We fought a damned bloody war to rid the world of people who thought they could invade anybody they want, for whatever reason. BushCo's unilateral preventive war, which is nothing more than dressed up aggressive war, tossed one of the most important outcomes of WWII into the dustbin.

Thousands of people have died because Dubya was impatient and unimaginative. He was unwilling to work with allies within a legal framework which arose from the horrors of war and has developed over 50 years (and more). Well, he wanted to go back to the McKinley era. If he gets his wish, there's another couple world wars ahead--wait, we're in one now. Darn good job.]

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