Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It doesn't matter

By Capt. Fogg

While the media circus continues to direct our attention to the prurient side show featuring Eliot Spitzer, those of us who have already found the egress might notice that a Pentagon-sponsored review of hundreds of thousands of documents captured in Iraq has corroborated what Dick Cheney alternately admits and denies: there was no operational link between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.

I've been waiting all morning for the thunderclap of public indignation, or at least for the apologetic "never mind" George Bush owes us; not to speak of what he owes to the millions of people whose lives have been ruined by the assertion that Iraq was a hotbed of international terrorism with one foot in the door of the nuclear club.

Of course those who maintain the "plan B" cover story won't reconsider and that is a group larger than the perpetrators of this war. Even Christopher Hitchens of brilliant mind and trenchant wit seems to think that a visit by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to Iraq means collaboration despite all current and prior evidence to the contrary. I have to wonder what he thinks about the Taliban visits to the Texas Capital in 1997 when George Bush was governor, or the visits of Donald Rumsfeld to Saddam's Baghdad.

But Bush has added the maxim that facts don't matter to the canon along with the credos that debt doesn't matter and the Constitution doesn't matter. That's what you get from a Commander Guy.

And that's the way it is.

(Cross-posted from The Impolitic.)

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