Alpha, looks like an 'expert' (meets your definition: he can be cut/pasted) can script a Democratic leadership initiative. This would have been a refreshing change for Clinton's 'turn the cheek' response to:
~ 5,000 dead and wounded at Kenyan and Tanzanian US embassies
~ USS Cole bombing
~ Khobar Towers bombing
~ continual Iraqi peace treaty violations
~ repeated Pakistani nuclear proliferation violations with Iran, Libya and N. Korea as clients
Roth Plot II
By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Published: December 20, 2004
Washington � In "The Plot Against America," the novelist Philip Roth imagined what might have befallen this nation if the appeasing Charles A. Lindbergh had defeated the anti-Hitler F.D.R. in the 1940 election.
Here's my idea for the sequel:
Opening scene in the Oval Office in winter 2001, after U.S. and allied forces crushed the Taliban in retaliation for their part in 9/11, with bin Laden not yet found in Afghanistan.
President Bush tells his national security aides he wants to continue to wage war against the web of terrorists, lest America be attacked again with nukes or germs.
The C.I.A.'s Tenet notes that Saddam's Iraq harbors the terrorists Nidal and al-Zarqawi. Adviser Rice adds that world intelligence services agree that Saddam seeks awful weapons. The Pentagon's Rumsfeld warns it is "only a matter of time" before Iraq shoots down one of our planes enforcing the no-flight zone protecting Iraq's Kurds from genocide.
State's Powell counsels relaxing U.N. pressure on Iraq by calling them "smart sanctions," hoping this will persuade Saddam to permit inspections. Bush glumly agrees.
Dissolve to a scene in a Tikrit palace where Saddam lays out his plan to (a) amass billions through a U.N. oil-for-food scam and his secret oil pipeline to Syria, (b) increase contacts with Al Qaeda, (c) take leadership of the Arab world by developing W.M.D. or pretending to have them already, and (d) openly challenging Bush.
Back in D.C., at a critical go-no-go meeting in the Situation Room, Bush sides with Powell not to invade Iraq. Wolfowitz enters with news of a shoot-down of our "Northern Watch" aircraft by Iraq. Kofi Annan, on CNN, asks: What do we expect - the U.S. flies over sovereign Iraqi territory. Bush decides against his aides' audacious regime-change proposal, and chooses a restrained, Clintonian pinprick response with cruise missiles.
Having gloriously faced down the U.S. - and gaining greater financial and weaponry strength every day - Saddam becomes an iconic, heroic figure in the Arab and Muslim world. Through massive kickbacks and smuggling operations involving France, Russia and China, the murderous despot ensures U.N. protection from inspections. Free from fear of retaliation, Saddam offers safe haven in Iraq to bin Laden and followers seeking a center of operations.
All this quoting of Dylan. One of the first of his era to be labelled a sellout. And look at the man today. Terrible abuser of drugs. Burnt out big time. As an artist, within his domain, quite an icon. But I'm not sure as a man, within our society, he has demonstrated leadership qualities or a lifestyle to be emulated.
REGARDING MY COMMENT: The edifice, i.e. this Iraqi "event", is constructed on a foundation of lies, thus is without substance and any equitable rationale.
This malfeasant event, which will reverberate for too many years in our future, was poisoned from its inception.
PAT BUCHANAN WROTE AN ARTICLE (December 22, 2004), WHICH INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH:
�To neocons, this war was never about WMD or any alleged Iraqi ties to 9-11. That was merely to mobilize the masses for war. Their real reason was empire and making the Middle East safe for Israel.�
Posted: December 22, 2004, 1:00 a.m. Eastern
QWAK,30 years later,Same song,same man,same words , stile has changed but the MEANING and the WORLD are the SAME!
Now 2004,11 years later the song has a NEW WAR but still same meaning but new MASTERS of WAR to sing about!
Actually, if you do get hit by that train, it does indeed usually stop. Guess not enough sevicemen have been sacrificed for the likes of those three blind mice to see yet. Hope they and their mentors will come to the light sooner rather than later. But minds like Canudle's and FiBs' seldom come to understand the limits of power and the diversity of opinion and choice.