Patterico's Pontifications

4/12/2003

HMMMM: I am looking into

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:44 pm

HMMMM: I am looking into Vladimir Putin’s heart and seeing a man who spied on Tony Blair for Saddam.

TONY BLAIR TO BE ON

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:18 pm

TONY BLAIR TO BE ON SIMPSONS: Details (not many) here.

I love this guy!

IRAQI MUSEUM LOOTED: This is

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:16 pm

IRAQI MUSEUM LOOTED: This is bad.

FEEDBACK: I have been blogging

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:22 pm

FEEDBACK: I have been blogging more heavily lately. Reward me with feedback. Click on the link to the left to “E-mail me.”

GREAT STUFF: Check this out.

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:18 am

GREAT STUFF: Check this out. It is the Iraqi information minister reporting on the battle at the “Star Wars” Death Star.

UPDATE: I should note that, due to the popularity of the site, the links to the Iraqi Information Minister fan site are sometimes slow.

FROM THE CNN WEB SITE:

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:36 am

FROM THE CNN WEB SITE: “Unconfirmed reports of torture and brutality by Iraq’s first family have trickled out of Iraq for years.” — quote from this CNN.com story from October 1998.

Unconfirmed . . . because we don’t want to confirm them.

IRAQI INFORMATION MINISTER FAN SITE:

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:27 am

IRAQI INFORMATION MINISTER FAN SITE: The site is called www.WeLoveTheIraqiInformationMinister.com. It describes itself as “a coalition effort of bloodthirsty hawks and ineffectual doves united in admiration for Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information (currently on administrative leave).” It collects wonderful quotes such as: “God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis.” Check it out.

Thanks to Richard W. for the tip.

REASONS NOT TO TELL THE

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:03 am

REASONS NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH CONTINUED: The good people at CNN aren’t the only folks who knew about Saddam and kept mute. How about Scott Ritter, who spoke with Time Magazine in this interview from September 2002, in which he refused to describe a prison for children for dissidents:

“The prison in question was inspected by my team in Jan. 1998. It appeared to be a prison for children – toddlers up to pre-adolescents – whose only crime was to be the offspring of those who have spoken out politically against the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was a horrific scene. Actually I’m not going to describe what I saw there because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I’m waging peace.”

Jonah Goldberg has a nicely articulate reaction here: “I saw an unspeakably horrible kiddie torture house. I could tell you about it, but that might result in people trying to do something about it. And, since that would not be peaceful, better I keep quiet and help perpetuate a regime which will torture more children.”

STILL MORE ON CNN: I

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:49 am

STILL MORE ON CNN: I don’t think this CNN thing is going away any time soon. People (like me) are going to while away their free time looking through old footage or transcripts, searching for any stories where the likes of your Christiane Amanpours might have even implied that the stories of torture and murder by Saddam and his henchmen might — even possibly — not be true.

By the way, I have noticed a building consensus (see this piece in The New Republic, for example) that Eason Jordan may simply have been doing a bit of corporate CYA. Given that the stories of torture and murder are sure to come flooding out soon, wouldn’t people be asking: “Why didn’t CNN tell us about all that?” Rather than deserving credit for being forthright, Jordan may well be trying to inoculate himself against an inevitable firestorm.

MORE ON CNN CONFESSION: One

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:17 am

MORE ON CNN CONFESSION: One more note about that CNN confession of long-unreported news about Saddam Hussein’s Iraq I mentioned below. The CNN executive who authored the piece, Eason Jordan, gives us this amazing passage:

“I knew that CNN could not report that Saddam Hussein’s eldest son, Uday, told me in 1995 that he intended to assassinate two of his brothers-in-law who had defected and also the man giving them asylum, King Hussein of Jordan. If we had gone with the story, I was sure he would have responded by killing the Iraqi translator who was the only other participant in the meeting. After all, secret police thugs brutalized even senior officials of the Information Ministry, just to keep them in line (one such official has long been missing all his fingernails).

“Still, I felt I had a moral obligation to warn Jordan’s monarch, and I did so the next day. King Hussein dismissed the threat as a madman’s rant. A few months later Uday lured the brothers-in-law back to Baghdad; they were soon killed.”

Well, yeah, I guess they were, Eason! Because you don’t seem to have felt any “moral obligation” to warn THEM about it!

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