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Friday, February 11, 2005

A brief look at the Iraq and Korea strategies

Physicist Robert Park has this to say about the wisdom of this administration:

"Let's see if we've got this right: based on unfounded rumors of nuclear weapons in Iraq, the U.S. committed itself to a war that has so far cost the lives of more than 2,000 American troops and
another 10,000 wounded. Perhaps 18,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, and more than 6,000 military. This carnage has cost us $153 billion, and there's no end in sight. Although he had no
weapons of mass destruction, we're told the Iraq war is justified because [Saddam] is a really bad guy. Kim Jong Il is no sweetheart either, and N. Korea is dancing in the end zone with its nukes. "

Naturally, we hear the latter "justification" these days-- Saddam was mean. The hardcore wingnuts claim that all the WMDs really did exist, and were just hidden in Syria. No matter that there's no evidence of that. Kim Jong Il has been putting an unknown number of citizens in gulags, where they try to fight off starvation as they toil on farms. The people who aren't imprisoned are starving anyway. And the admin has just decided to pass on talks with North Korea. Not that we expect any sense of logic or reason from the White House these days....