posted April 10, 2003 at 9:06 AM MDT
The highest praise for the Commander in Chief, from a representative of the Republican Congress? "He didn't listen to Holywood ... he didn't listen to the New York Times. And he didn't listen to the French." Hubris and impunity: dismiss popular culture, dismiss dissenting opinion from credibly informed sources, and dismiss international disagreement.
Keep in mind: Rumsfeld's hand-picked puppet, Chalabi, is facing a prison sentence in the mid-east for his business dealings, affairs so distasteful that the CIA stopped handling him (the Pentagon is, apparently, less principled). He hasn't even been in Iraq for the past 40 years. This has something to do with democracy? But of course American culture is about unquestionning loyalty to authority, not about integrity; it is about corporate profit, not integrity; it is about control, not human rights. No surprise that the IMF (in which the USofA is the majority stock-holder) is already moving to implement its plans for Iraq, starting with the imposition of a currency system.