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Kerry Says Saddam 'Might Be Gone' Had He Been President
Fri Oct 29 2004 10:02:35 ET
NBCNEWS Brokaw interviewed John Kerry Thursday evening.
Brokaw: "If you had been President, Saddam Hussein would be in power."
Kerry: "Not necessarily."
Brokaw: "You said you wouldn't go to war against him."
Kerry: "That's not true. Because under the inspection process, Saddam Hussein was required to destroy those kinds of materials and weapons."
Brokaw: "But he wasn't destroying them."
Kerry: "That's what you have inspectors for. That's why I voted for the threat of force, because he only does things when you have a legitimate threat of force. It's irresponsible to suggest that if I were President, he wouldn't be gone. He might be gone, because if he hadn't complied, we might have had to go to war, but if we did, we would have gone with allies, so the American people weren't carrying the entire burden. And the entire world would understand why we did it."
Posted by lumberjack at 1:35 PM
From the report from the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD:
Possible Connections to
ISG uncovered evidence of a possible connection
between Al Quds program director 'Imad 'Abd-al-
Latif Al Rida and terrorist/insurgent organizations.
In December 2003 after Coalition forces captured
Saddam Husayn, a source who worked on Al Quds
claimed that Dr. 'Imad had told him that four Al Quds
UAVs were to be used as "flying bombs" to assassinate
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
According to the source, four UAVs were to be
given to a former Hamas member named "Abu
Radin" who was a friend of Saddam Husayn. Abu
Radin, who was no longer loyal to Hamas, would
take the UAVs to Jordan, install 5 kg of C4 explosive,
and use them to attack Sharon at the Wailing
Wall in Jerusalem.
Although uncorroborated, this story is similar
to the well-documented Iraqi plan to use the Al
Musayara-20 UAV as a "flying bomb."
Additionally, a document obtained by ISG reveals that
on 23 December 2000, Dr. 'Imad signed a memorandum
with the Air Force and senior members of
the Fedayeen Saddam agreeing to develop helicopter
UAVs for the Fedayeen Saddam. This memo stated
that the project had been coordinated with Huwaysh
and the work would be a cooperative effort of MIC,
the Air Force, and Fedayeen Saddam.
During initial testing, the UAV was diffi cult to control
and the test deemed a failure. As a result, all
work was suspended on the helicopter UAV project.
The prototype was destroyed by cruise missiles on
the third day of OIF.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:32 PM
From the internet, where it's not uncommon to find an open letter to the guy who stole your camera:
To The Person Who Found My Camera
First of all, I'd like to congratulate you on the acquisition of a Casio Exilim S20 compact digital camera. No doubt it was an exciting find after your fine meal at Houston's on Park, where delicious spinach dip is the signature item.
As you may have noticed, the Casio Exilim is a 2.0 Megapixel beauty with a 4X digital zoom. At under a half-inch thick, it's the perfect camera to put in your pocket and lose while dining out.
No doubt, you're wondering why the memory card contains 17 close-ups of a cat's ass......
Posted by lumberjack at 11:01 AM
What are the chances that common sense will be used by any of the newspapers covering the missing Al Qaqaa explosives? Wouldn't you think that the average terrorist would feel pretty much stocked up after he stole his, oh, I don't know, first 20 tons of RDX? One pound of this stuff will bring down an airplane. Think you'd need 30 tons, you know, in case of a rainy day? And if the bad guys have this stuff, why are their roadside bombs still made from salvaged explosives from warheads? Why haven't the car bombs been bigger? Load a car to the gills with high explosives and you could have some pretty impressive body counts. Anyway, so now the report comes out for those who really can imagine terrorists making dozens of trips to the depot to get just the last scrap of high explosives:
(CNN) -- The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 380 tons of powerful explosives from a storage depot in Iraq has taken a new twist, after a network embedded with the U.S. military during the invasion of Iraq reported that the material had already vanished by the time American troops arrived.
NBC News reported that on April 10, 2003, its crew was embedded with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division when troops arrived at the Al Qaqaa storage facility south of Baghdad.
While the troops found large stockpiles of conventional explosives, they did not find HMX or RDX, the types of powerful explosives that reportedly went missing, according to NBC.
The International Atomic Energy revealed Monday that it had been told two weeks ago by the Iraqi government that 380 tons of HMX and RDX disappeared from Al Qaqaa after Saddam Hussein's government fell.
In a letter to the IAEA dated October 10, Iraq's director of planning, Mohammed Abbas, said the material disappeared sometime after Saddam's regime fell in April 2003, which he attributed to "the theft and looting of the governmental installations due to lack of security."
Baghdad fell on April 9, 2003. According to NBC, troops from the 101st Airborne arrived the next day to find that the material was already gone.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:59 AM
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you the question about—this is going to cause some trouble with people—but as an historian now and studying the Revolutionary War as it was fought out in the South in those last years of the War, insurgency against a powerful British force, do you see any parallels between the fighting that we did on our side and the fighting that is going on in Iraq today?
CARTER: Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we’ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.
Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial’s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.
Posted by lumberjack at 11:14 AM
OK, so Alex Rodriguez tried to pull a fast one. Hey, it's baseball -- that stuff happens. But what is low rent is the fans throwing a hissy fit when the umps called it right.
Ah well, it ended right. And the Red Sox have come back from an 0-3 hole (against the Yankees no less) to force a game 7. What a great performance by Schilling. What a great game, regardless of how game 7 goes.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:47 AM
Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly announced today that he has outsourced all of his phone sex activities to India, citing “heavy call volume” as the reason behind the move.
Starting this week, all phone sex normally handled by Mr. O’Reilly will instead originate from a calling center in Bangalore, the television host confirmed.
“There’s a time and a place for everything, and when it comes to phone sex, the time is any time and the place is Bangalore,” Mr. O’Reilly told his television audience.
At the Bangalore calling center, Surjit Khera, 31, was one of many employees undergoing a three-week training program to help him approximate Mr. O’Reilly’s phone-sex technique: “It is very hard to be as sexy as Bill O’Reilly, but I am endeavoring to do so.........
Posted by lumberjack at 4:13 PM
This was an inevitability. Did anyone think the market wouldn't adapt if we suddenly started buying all our drugs through Canada? Never, ever, happen.
More than 30 Canadian internet pharmacies have decided not to accept bulk orders of prescription drugs from US states and municipalities.
The move delivers a potentially serious setback to US politicians most notably Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry campaigning to give Americans easier access to cheap drugs from Canada.
Mr Kerry has argued that opening the US to Canadian imports could help lower the costs of prescription drugs for elderly Americans. Such reimportation has become one of the points of difference between him and President George W. Bush during the election campaign.
But growing concern in Canada that growing exports to the US could lead to rising prices and shortages north of the border has prompted the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (Cipa), whose members include several of the biggest internet and mail-order drugstores, to act. “We don't want to give Americans the impression that we have unlimited supply for them to tap into on a commercial basis,” said David Mackay, the association's executive director. Americans, he added, “can't get everything from Canada. We can't be your complete drugstore”.
Posted by lumberjack at 8:52 AM
So John says:
"There are 60 countries who have members of al-Qaida in them. How many of those countries are we going to invade?"
And Ann notices:
Democrats are now on the record: Sixty countries harbor al-Qaida. But apparently the one nation that had managed to entirely purge itself of all al-Qaida members was Iraq -- under the great statesman Saddam Hussein! Iraq is the only country in the world liberals believe was hermetically sealed from al-Qaida.
Glad someone finally made that point.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:05 PM