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|July 29, 2003||
Vol. 1, No. 79
Words can cause damage -- Part II: The response
Dennis Coday, NCR staff writer
I thought readers might be interested to know that shortly after I posted yesterday's Today's Take about Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz's calling Uday and Qusay Hussein "miserable creatures," responses to my posting started to roll in.
The verdict? Readers were evenly split between those agreeing with me that Mr. Wolfowitz's comments were unseemly and uncalled for and those expressing the opinion that the sons of Saddem Hussien got what they deserved. (Two readers suggested that I was a weenie for not being able to stomach tough talk. I think they missed my point.)
One reader picked up on my question of the legality and morality of the assassinations of Uday and Qusay and sent two articles for me to look at. I pass them on.
Which argument do you find most compelling? You will have to decide for yourself. I will, however, agree with one point: arguments for this as a just war are looking a bit thin and threadbare. (For more on this issue, read the NCR editorial, "Did WMD threat tip moral evaluation on Iraq war?" It will be available tomorrow with the online edition of the Aug 1. NCR.)
Some one also sent me a copy of Mr. Wolfowitz's appearance on "Fox News on Sunday" where the deputy secretary of defense proved he can "stay on message." Highlights:
But here's my favorite line: "This is a war that's going to be won not by smothering the country with individual guard posts (but) by better and better intelligence."
Is he joking? Is he trying to be ironic? Did Mr. Wolfowitz not get the memo that this administration is in trouble because of "intelligence" that got inserted into a state of the union address?
Maybe its just me, but if I were on the media circuit trying to drum up support of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz clique's war in Iraq, I think I would skip the index card prompting me to tout our "intelligence."
Fool me once ...
Dennis Coday is an NCR staff writer and coordinates NCR's Web site. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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