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Is It Something in the Water... or in the Sand?
Instapundit points out this in the Punditwatch's Sunday show roundup for today (9/29):
ABC's This Week had the most controversial coverage. Host George Stephanopolous interviewed Congressmen Jim McDermott, D-Wash, and David Bonoir, D-Mich, live from Baghdad. A seemingly incredulous Stephanopolous heard McDermott claim that the President was misleading the world and that he should take the Iraqis' word at face value.
Bonoir brushed aside questions about Saddam Hussein's past behavior. "We could go back and play the blame game. I wish you would focus on what's happened to the people of Iraqthe children."
And I'm ashamed of my state's representatives! Have these men been brainwashed? Does Saddam have some unknown method of controlling the minds of foreigners who visit his country? Are those Wrath of Khan mind-control creatures to be found in the Iraqi desert?
First Scott Ritter, and now two Congressmen. In fact, they're worse than Ritter. Bonoir's reference to children brings to mind an odd response that Ritter gave in an interview for Time:
The prison in question is at the General Security Services headquarters, which 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.
At least Ritter would admit that Saddam's regime does bad things to kids. These Congressmen are blaming us. Dissent is one thing, but this is just beyond what ought to be acceptable in a member of the U.S. government. Mr. Bush: let's not give these guys any top secret information, 'kay?
Posted by Justin Katz @ 03:20
Unfortunately they were already like that before they went to Iraq. Evertime something must be justified without actual particulars they go to some form of the "for the children" response. The lie about a million deaths from malnutrition dosen't quite match the fact that the leading desease in Iraq is heart desease and diabetes, not quite deseases caused by malnutrition.
Jeff Miller @ 09/29/2002
04:21 PM EST