Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Day of Shame, 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago today, Colin Powell went to the United Nations and presented an emperor's-new-clothes argument for raining death, dismemberment, and displacement onto the people of Iraq.

To call the case he presented "thin" is to exaggerate its substance.

Nonetheless, the American news media had high praise for the emperor's ensemble:
"a massive array of evidence," "a detailed and persuasive case," "a powerful case," "a sober, factual case," "an overwhelming case," "a compelling case," "the strong, credible and persuasive case," "a persuasive, detailed accumulation of information," "the core of his argument was unassailable," "a smoking fusillade... a persuasive case for anyone who is still persuadable," "an accumulation of painstakingly gathered and analyzed evidence," "only the most gullible and wishful thinking souls can now deny that Iraq is harboring and hiding weapons of mass destruction," "the skeptics asked for proof; they now have it," "a much more detailed and convincing argument than any that has previously been told," "Powell's evidence... was overwhelming," "an ironclad case... incontrovertible evidence," "succinct and damning evidence... the case is closed," "Colin Powell delivered the goods on Saddam Hussein," "masterful," "If there was any doubt that Hussein... needs to be... stripped of his chemical and biological capabilities, Powell put it to rest."
The cognitive dissonance of obvious, empty lies being granted the weight of life-and-death righteousness is almost no American's idea of a teachable moment.

The horrors we visited upon the Iraqi people are almost no American's idea of something consequential, something to learn from, something to atone.

Our readiness to do it again—another Iraq, another Vietnam—is almost no American's idea of something we should shame ourselves out of. And that, of course, compounds the shame.



Blogger Owl said...

I suppose I'm not surprised anymore how few people remember any of the details of this.

February 6, 2013 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Glenn said...

Fake wars like Vietnam and Iraq and the threats against Iran should never be forgotten.

If it wasn't for fake wars, the blood suckers wouldn't have any wars at all.

February 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Gary Walton said...

But they can't be fake wars if a Democrat is waging them can they? I was just a kid when the war against Viet Nam began to "escalate" (a sickening euphemism for "increase the killing"). Now we have a Democrat and Peace Laureate no less in the White House "ramping up" the war talk, mostly by proxies like the banshee Ms Rice at the UN and his sidekick Joe Biden former senator for MasterCard. War against Libya, war against Yemen, war against Somalia and anyplace else in Africa that pisses us off Iran, war against Syria. Threats lobbed at Venezuala now that Chavez is gone. The USA is all about war. I wish I could live somewhere else but the USA would probably declare war against that country too eventually.

March 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM  

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