A few months ago, this would have been shocking; now it seems barely newsworthy. But here you go:
Bush also repeated this one, with added details:
Does this matter? Of course it matters. It matters in two ways:
Once again, it’s a lie. And not about what they expected to find, but a lie about what they had already found. Either you’ve found the remains of hundreds of thousands of bodies, or you haven’t. But to turn the discovery of a few thousand bodies into that of a few hundred thousand bodies…OK, we can’t trust you. Again.
Nobody’s claiming that Saddam wasn’t a ruthless, evil dictator. He was. But the scale of that depravity matters, in terms of justifying our intervention on humanitarian grounds. Everybody knows the US isn’t going to invade any country whose head of state has the blood of a few thousand of his citizens on his hands. So it’s important to get the facts right.
This ‘it’s OK to exaggerate how evil this week’s Evilbadguy is, because he’s evil and we’ve got to rally America to act against him’ is for the birds. How many people Evilbadguy can be expected to kill next year if we don’t invade, is indeed part of the equation. And we’re going to have ‘collateral damage’ (our nice word for killing innocent civilians) when we invade, so there’s got to be a significant amount of daylight between the numbers of people we’re rescuing, and the numbers of people we’re accidentally killing, otherwise there’s no humanitarian argument.
Lies. I’m just tired of all the lies.
At least Blair’s owned up to what he said. Bush hasn’t yet, and Scotty’s been doing his usual fancy footwork there to avoid having to say diddly about it, no matter how the question’s phrased.