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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Willing Dupes Are Easily Fooled

ICO Editor,

I am glad David Skibbins is tired of the lies and the shame of Iraq. Does that include the white phosphorus (WP) hoax that the Italian communist propaganda television station Rai News24 attempted? Expert analysts agree that the “bombs raining down on the city” segment cited by Mr. Skibbins was not filmed at Fallujah, and had nothing to do with this operation.

More lies followed. Western journalists had reported the use of WP shells and their effects on “insurgents” over a year ago. See San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post articles, 10 Nov 2004, U.S. drives into heart of Fallujah. In actuality, there were reporters from many backgrounds and nationalities in Fallujah at the time, and none of them saw what was "reported" a year later by Rai News24.

The so-called bodies of Fallujah residents could have been filmed anywhere, but they most certainly had not been killed by WP. WP burns both flesh and clothes. It does not “caramelize” or turn flesh to leather, leaving the clothes intact. Analysts concluded from the “high quality close ups” that the bodies were actually in a state of decomposition not caused by the well-known effects of WP.

Since WP is not an illegal weapon, the Army openly described its use in Fallujah, as noted by Mr. Skibbins. I don’t know why he included this information just prior to concluding: “We are becoming so much worse than Saddam.” The quotation he included documented the legal and usual use of WP. Mr. Skibbins in his ignorance must have thought he caught the US Army confessing atrocities.

No, Mr. Skibbins, it’s not illegal unless there is a law against it.

Go to my blog, Strong As An Ox And Nearly As Smart, Letters to a Liberal, and don’t be duped again.

Friday, November 11, 2005

By Their Words Will Yee Know Them


The Democrats are full of liars who call President Bush a liar. Fortunately, they foolishly rush to expose their falsehoods on national television. The most recent to do so was Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and colleague of former Grand Kleagle of the Klu Klux Klan, former Democratic Majority Leader of the Senate, and still the Senior Senator from West Virginia, Robert Byrd.

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace played two clips of Senator Rockefeller speaking about voting for the Iraq war resolution on October 10, 2002: "I do believe that Iraq poses an imminent threat, but I also believe that after September 11th, that question is increasingly outdated."

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons. And will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years and he could have it earlier."

When Chris Wallace asked about his support then for the war resolution, Sen. Rockefeller replied: “Chris, there's always the same conversation. You know it was not the Congress that sent 135,000 or 150,000 troops.”

Wallace: “But you voted, sir, and aren't you responsible for your vote?”

Sen. Rockefeller: “No.”

Wallace: “You're not?”

Senator Rockefeller and about 100 other Democrat senators and representatives weren't cutting Saddam any slack then. However, they sure have changed.

But how does the constant repetition of, ‘Bush fooled me, I didn’t know what I was doing!’ help the Democrats? Maybe they can make a winning campaign slogan, like “We Really Are Dumber than Bush!”

As always, Bill Clinton gets the last word: “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons-of-mass-destruction program.”

What changed?