Patterico's Pontifications

7/15/2003

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Bob

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:21 pm

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Bob Graham, when asked if Bush told a “lie” about Iraq:

“I would not use the three-letter word. I would use the five-letter word: deceit.”

MAKING FUN OF FLEISCHER: This

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:51 am

MAKING FUN OF FLEISCHER: This is a good test to see if you have been paying attention to why we went to war in Iraq. See if you can make any sense of the following statement:

“I think the burden is on those people who think he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are.”

That is a quote from Ari Fleischer. You can read it here, a piece by Dana Milbank, a Washington Post writer who precedes the quote with the sneering word: “Verbatim:” — i.e.: can you believe Fleischer said this?

Milbank doesn’t understand why we went to war. I do, so I understand the quote. If you need translation, here it is: Saddam did unquestionably have the weapons earlier, in 1998. So where did they go? If you say he doesn’t have them now, you tell me where they went.

Granted, it is not the most elegant statement. But it makes perfect sense to those of us who realize the war wasn’t all about whether Saddam was buying nuclear material from Niger.

WHAT THE WAR WAS ABOUT:

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:39 am

WHAT THE WAR WAS ABOUT: “Defending the broader decision to go to war with Iraq, the president said the decision was made after he gave Saddam Hussein ‘a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in.'”

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Well, he didn’t say in where. Maybe he wouldn’t let them in his double-secret club. Or maybe he wouldn’t let them in the bathroom, even if they really, really had to go.


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