November 23, 2002
Bush aide: Inspections or not, we'll attack Iraq
(Paul Gilfeather, 23 November 2002, Daily Mirror)
GEORGE Bush's top security adviser last night admitted the US would attack Iraq even if UN inspectors fail to find weapons.
Dr Richard Perle stunned MPs by insisting a "clean bill of health" from UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix would not halt America's war machine.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 23, 2002 3:17 PM
I'm concerned we won't. So is Mark Steyn in
his latest in the National Post. When Bush
revels with imams celebrating ramadan, we're
in heaps o' trouble. He's wimped out on us.
What would you have Bush do?
Tell the imams to go get lost because he's at war with Muslims everywhere?
Bush'll get what he wants. This isn't an issue he can go halfway on unlike education for instance.
By my unofficial count, this is the fourth time since 9-11 that folks have claimed Bush has "gone wobbly".
It was the same before the attack on Afghanistan.
I agree with Harry; I am worried he won't attack. He seems to have been caught flat-footed by Hussein's agreement for inspections. Of course, this could all be a stall on Bush's part to accumulate forces in the region or align diplomatic interests, but I get the feeling he is making it up on the fly.
Muslims everywhere are at war with us. Until
the religion jettisons the idea that dar-al-Harb
must be brought into dar-al-Islam, the conflict
will never end.
It has been continuous for 1,400 years.
I don't see how Islam can jettison that part of
itself. But it had better. The five-sixths of the
world that controls 99.9% of the military
power is not going to put up with Muslim
Hmm... nice of the columnist to elevate Perle to "top security advisor" and give him a Ph.D., but neither one is true...
Bush will attack . . . Dec 8 is end of Ramadan and deadline for Saddam to list his weapons. Look for things to heat up soon after . . . Saddam's "acceptance" of inspections didn't surprise anybody, least of all Bush. His tactics have been delay, delay since 9/11. Bush went to the UN for political/diplomatic reasons, those have been achieved, the price of that achievement was delaying the attack until Saddam has failed to cooperate. That's only a short delay.