|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
this letter to the editor by me, but after my nap I am a fighting force.
Some arguments against war on Iraq are reasonable. Some are not, and the worst is "why go after Saddam now when we didn't in 1991?" In the first place there are different circumstances, such as one fewer skyscraper in New York. Also this argument reifies the past; why assume that Bush the Elder's decisions were flawless?
I hope Dille doesn't work in the medical industry. I can imagine an office visit:
Dille: What's the matter?
Patient: I have a lump here, and I'm afraid it might be malignant.
Dille: How long have you had it?
Patient: Since last year.
Dille: Well what has changed since 2002? Stop wasting my time like this!
After-the-post doubletake: What's up with this "Discipline, diplomacy and negotiations" stuff? Does Dille want us to tie Saddam up and spank him? Or is that self-discipline? Should Bush and Rumsfeld do the G. Gordon Liddy thing where they hold their hands over a candle as long as they can stand it?