Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I don’t. We do. You do. I do. The country.

Go listen to the Glaucoma Hymn.

As Eli of LeftI notes, the Bushies have been claiming that Iran has been aiding Iraqi insurgents by, among other things, providing what Bush called “IEDs and components that were clearly produced in Iran”. Whatever “clearly” might mean. Since they never say how they can identify these objects as Iranian-produced, it’s safe to assume that it’s not really all that clear. And that if it were, they were evidence of anything more than a porous border and a robust local smuggling tradition. Rumsfeld also claims there “has been evidence” of Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq, again without presenting any of that evidence. And he suggested that they’re coming into Iraq in the guise of pilgrims.

A reporter asked Rummy what he meant when he said that Amb. Khalilzad had had a “good day” yesterday, and how he squared that with all the car bombings and executions which took place that day....
Q: But how do you balance the two? It seems like --

SEC. RUMSFELD: I don’t. We do. You do. I do. The country. We all look at it and make a judgment... There is violence in the country, and if every time I answer every single question I’ve got to box the compass, we’re never going to get anywhere.
Asked how we would know if Iraq entered a civil war, he said he doesn’t know, but “I don’t think it will look like the United States’ Civil War,” adding, oddly enough, that it would smell like the United States’ Civil War.

Fun London Times parliamentary sketch on a debate on whether to ban the docking of dogs’ tails. (And did so, except for police dogs and the like.)

Saddam Hussein denounces the court trying him as a “comedy.” Kangaroo courts are easy; comedy courts are hard.

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