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Thursday, April 17, 2003
Arianna Huffington thankfully takes a break from her corporation bashing (I'm with you, sweetie, but your cause might be undermined by the fact that you seem to be ignoring certain more pressing issues) to point out that, um, if Baghdad fell so easily, doesn't that kind of mean that Sadaam wasn't all that much of a threat? Because we thought you said he was, see.

The whole pretext for our unilateral charge into Iraq was that the American people were in imminent danger from Saddam and his mighty war machine. The threat was so clear and present that we couldn't even give inspectors searching for weapons of mass destruction -- hey, remember those? -- another 30 days, as France had wanted. Well, it turns out that, far from being on the verge of destroying Western civilization, Saddam and his 21st century Gestapo couldn't even muster a halfhearted defense of their own capital. The hawks' cakewalk disproves their own dire warnings. They can't have it both ways.

Well, of course they can, because they run the government as a single-party system right now, the Democrats having obligingly changed into their Washington Generals uniforms and let the opposition taunt them with basketballs spinning just out of their reach and bottles of seltzer in the face. (Metaphorically speaking, you understand.) It's frustrating because, just like when you watch a Globetrotters game (well worth it, by the way) or a Roadrunner cartoon, their errors seem so obvious and the alternatives so clear that you can't understand their actions, unless they're just trying to entertain you, which of course the Generals and Wile E. Coyote are. The Democrats, however, are not, or so I'd hope, although they are providing quite the highlight reel for the entertainment news night after night. Grab the damn ball, yell at the ref to call a foul, and fucking run the fast break, you assholes, or the audience is going to start coming down from the stands and replacing you, as the carnival model dictates.