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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Facts for right-wingers on Bush taking the US to war with Iraq 

  1. Members of the UN did not fail to enforce UNSCR 1441 by not attacking Iraq

    Here is the UNSC press release which implicitly states the vote on 1441 was not a vote to authorize force.

    John Negroponte - US ambassidor to the UN's - comments,

    The resolution contained, he said, no "hidden triggers" and no "automaticity" with the use of force ... If the Security Council failed to act decisively in the event of further Iraqi violation, the resolution did not constrain any Member State from acting to defend itself against the threat posed by that country, or to enforce relevant United Nations resolutions and protect world peace and security.

    Negroponte correctly noted that if forces were to be called upon to invade Iraq ("authorized"), it would be by a later Security council action. It would have included wording "calling on" member nations to provide troops and materiel, as do all resolutions calling for military action. "Facing serious consequences" is something Iraq would do, not an action UN members states were authorized to take.

    France and other Security Council members held the position, "We cannot accept an ultimatum as long as inspectors are reporting cooperation."

    Of course, Bush later made the determination that Iraq "wasn't cooperating" but "deceiving" and the only way to "disarm" Iraq was to remove Hussein form power.

    Our own Iraq Survey Group has now found Bush was wrong. Iraq wasn't moving stockpiles from location to location, they didn't have mobile or secret underground labs. It was Bush that was deceived - he used bad judgment.

  2. Bush promised to call for a vote authorizing force, but didn't

    Trying to convince our allies that the deluded belief was real, Bush promised to call for a vote "no matter what" on a resolution which would have authorized force.

    Q Thank you, Mr. President. As you said, the Security Council faces a vote next week on a resolution implicitly authorizing an attack on Iraq. Will you call for a vote on that resolution, even if you aren't sure you have the vote?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, first, I don't think - it basically says that he's in defiance of 1441. That's what the resolution says. And it's hard to believe anybody is saying he isn't in defiance of 1441, because 1441 said he must disarm. And, yes, we'll call for a vote.

    Q No matter what?

    THE PRESIDENT: No matter what the whip count is, we're calling for the vote. We want to see people stand up and say what their opinion is about Saddam Hussein and the utility of the United Nations Security Council. And so, you bet. It's time for people to show their cards, to let the world know where they stand when it comes to Saddam.

    The US never called for a vote.

  3. The purpose of invading Iraq was to disarm Hussein of (fictional) weapons

    In Bush's ultimatum, bizarrely issued to US television audiences instead of Hussein or a representative of Iraq, he told us he would deal with Saddam's fictional arsenal with force, "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

    Two days later when the first strikes began, Bush explicitly described the purpose for the invasion he had at the time, "Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly - yet, our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder."

At best, the Commander in Chief panicked.

We need someone steady who can keep his head commanding our military.

Postscript: Here is the most reasonable response a right-winger has given the facts expressed above,

The UN is a fraud, and so is your arguemnent. Even if there weren't any WMD's, Liberlism is still a Mental Disorder. You bottomfeeders are blind to reality, even when it's in your face. Everybody in the world knows that Iraq moved the WMD to Syria. They also (or would have) stolen sectrets from Iran's Nuclear program too.

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