Wednesday, December 17, 2003

On the box
Still-lovely Diane Sawyer's chat with Mr Bush, which aired in the States last night. When she asked him the important questions about the war in Iraq, he reminded me of a child - keep repeating your lie, despite the facts, and if you wish hard enough, it'll come true. Very scary, kids:

Mr Bush: ...look, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous person, and there's no doubt we had a body of evidence proving that, and there is no doubt that the president must act, after 9/11, to make America a more secure country. [Nyah, nyah, nyah, Miss Sawyer.]

Diane Sawyer: Again, I'm just trying to ask, these are supporters, people who believed in the war who have asked the question.

Mr Bush: Well, you can keep asking the question and my answer's gonna be the same. Saddam was a danger and the world is better off cause we got rid of him. [If at this point he'd put his hands over his ears and sung 'la la la' it would have fit his behaviour here.]

Diane Sawyer: But stated as a hard fact, that there were weapons of mass destruction as opposed to the possibility that he could move to acquire those weapons still —

Mr Bush: So what's the difference?

Diane Sawyer: Well —

Mr Bush: The possibility that he could acquire weapons. If he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger. That's, that's what I'm trying to explain to you. A gathering threat, after 9/11, is a threat that needed to be de — dealt with, and it was done after 12 long years of the world saying the man's a danger. And so we got rid of him and there's no doubt the world is a safer, freer place as a result of Saddam being gone. [Aha! Almost an admission there are no WMDs. 'The possibility that he could acquire weapons.' Pathetic.]

Diane Sawyer: But, but, again, some, some of the critics have said this combined with the failure to establish proof of, of elaborate terrorism contacts, has indicated that there's just not precision, at best, and misleading, at worst.

Mr Bush: Yeah. Look — what — what we based our evidence on was a very sound National Intelligence Estimate. ...

Diane Sawyer: Nothing should have been more precise?

Mr Bush: What — I, I — I made my decision based upon enough intelligence to tell me that this country was threatened with Saddam Hussein in power.

Diane Sawyer: What would it take to convince you he didn't have weapons of mass destruction?

Mr Bush: Saddam Hussein was a threat and the fact that he is gone means America is a safer country.

Diane Sawyer: And if he doesn't have weapons of mass destruction [inaudible] —

Mr Bush: Diane, you can keep asking the question. I'm telling you — I made the right decision for America —

Diane Sawyer: But-

Mr Bush: — because Saddam Hussein used weapons of mass destruction, invaded Kuwait. ... But the fact that he is not there is, means America's a more secure country. [End.]

He also admitted he doesn't read news stories in the papers.

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