Monday, June 14, 2004

Shorts


First of all, I feel compelled to mention (after some wicked wicked Indian buffet the other day) that one of the best things about being single is that one can eat as much onion chutney as one pleases. Second, it is of note that Rush Limbaugh, that bastion of blustery, self-righteous hypocrisy, is getting divorced. Drugs are bad, mmmmkay? Marriage is a sacred and eternal vow between one man and one woman, mmmmkay? The sheep that follow me are too brainwashed by hate to see that I am the incarnation of all that I decry, mmmmkay? Mmmmkay. Finally, from McSweeney's Daily Reason to Dispatch Bush: DAY 53: Meet The Press, February 7, 2004: RUSSERT: If the Iraqis choose, however, an Islamic extremist regime, would you accept that, and would that be better for the United States than Saddam Hussein? PRESIDENT BUSH: They're not going to develop that. And the reason I can say that is because I'm very aware of this basic law they're writing. They're not going to develop that because right here in the Oval Office I sat down with Mr. Pachachi and Chalabi and al-Hakim, people from different parts of the country that have made the firm commitment, that they want a constitution eventually written that recognizes minority rights and freedom of religion. Rose Garden press conference, June 1, 2004: Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. Chalabi is an Iraqi leader that's fallen out of favor within your administration. I'm wondering if you feel that he provided any false information, or are you particularly — BUSH: Chalabi? Q: Yes, with Chalabi. BUSH: My meetings with him were very brief. I mean, I think I met with him at the State of the Union and just kind of working through the rope line, and he might have come with a group of leaders. But I haven't had any extensive conversations with him. Q: I guess I'm asking, do you feel like he misled your administration, in terms of what the expectations were going to be going into Iraq? BUSH: I don't remember anybody walking into my office saying, Chalabi says this is the way it's going to be in Iraq. (Source: NBC News, 2/7/04. See transcript at: msnbc.msn.com. President Bush Discusses the Iraqi Interim Government. The Rose Garden, 6/1/04. See transcript at: www.whitehouse.gov.)

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