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Wednesday, September 18, 2002
The Empire Strikes Back

Did anyone see the horrible op/ed in the NYTimes today by Maureen Dowd, who never misses an oppurtunity to slight the president? I groaned after having finished it.

She rants: "Contain the wild man, the leader with the messianic and relentless glint who is scaring the world. Surround him, throw Lilliputian nets on him, tie him up with a lot of U.N. inspection demands, humor him long enough to stop him from using his weapons and blowing up the Middle East. But this time, the object of the containment strategy is not Saddam Hussein, but George W. Bush, the president with real bombs, not the predator with plans to make them."

She then goes to accuse the War Cabinet, after mentioning they were CEOs and taking a slight at America's businessmen, of scheming to rebuild an empire. "the allies — and especially Mr. Aziz — should not underestimate the zeal of the Bush warriors...the Bushies have gotten a taste of empire building in Afghanistan and they like it. Karl Rove is building a Republican empire. Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby are building an ideological empire. Dick Cheney is building a unilateral empire. And Donald Rumsfeld is building a military empire. Besides, why should former C.E.O.'s Cheney and Rummy settle for mere Jack Welch-style perks when they can have the perks of empire?"

This ugly illogic is appalling. They are good reason to attack Iraq if it doesn't comply with UN resolutions, (and even if it does because the UN doesn't really matter) to wipe this dictator off the face of the map. Since 1978 he has been obsessive in his drive for nuclear weapons, in order that the shamed Arab world, who according to modern myths are this ancient people with an ancient and noble civilization, can have parity with the Israelis, who theorectically have only been there for 50+ years.