Notes on the Atrocities
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Monday, November 10, 2003  

You've all seen this exchange over on Tom Tomorrow's site, right? The issue at hand is that the adminstration is illegally refusing to give 17 POWs from the first Iraq debacle money owed to them in damages. Bushy boy, that paragon of compassion, ain't paying. Instead, he's apparently siphoning it off to the "rebuilidng."

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm coming to your question. Believe me, I am. Let me finish. Let me start over again, though. No amount of money can truly compensate these brave men and women for the suffering that they went through at the hands of a very brutal regime, at the hands of Saddam Hussein. It was determined earlier this year by Congress and the administration that those assets were no longer assets of Iraq, but they were resources required for the urgent national security needs of rebuilding Iraq. But again, there is simply no amount of compensation that could ever truly compensate these brave men and women.

I guess, since nothing can truly compensate--well, great! Nothing's what you get. The full exchange is remarkable: McClellan rolls out the "brave men and women suffering at the hands of a brutal regime" schtick about fifty times--that is, whenever a reporter repeats the question, "so what you're saying is that you're stiffing them, right?"

I miss Ari...

posted by Jeff | 12:17 PM |
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