06-01-03, 06:32 PM
I am drunk and tried minning before I read up on the temp stopage... don't count that M-word
06-02-03, 08:31 AM
The first one, a four-paragraph Reuters dispatch, said that the famous bunker we blasted from the sky to begin the war -- the one that was supposed to have killed or wounded Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and one of his sons -- never existed. The news agency was confirming a CBS News report that neither the Army nor the Central Intelligence Agency (news - web sites) could find any evidence that there was a bunker under the house obliterated by the war's first missile.
So it goes -- the fog of war. Who remembers that the Pentagon has been using that incident to promote the need for new nuclear weapons programs -- the first in more than 20 years -- to blast bunkers even deeper than this one was supposed to be? And who even remembers the hours of excited coverage from Washington and Baghdad that perhaps the war would be over before it began?
The second item released on Thursday seemed to answer that last question. The Center on Policy Attitudes and the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Maryland released a national poll showing that almost half the respondents across the country, 41 percent, believed (or were unsure whether) our troops have discovered the "weapons of mass destruction." Those are the same WMD, it was once said, that were the reason we had to attack Iraq (news - web sites) before it attacked us.
For the record, of course, we have not found any -- at least yet. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been trying to explain where the fields of missiles and the tons of poison gas and biological weapons have disappeared to, but perhaps he doesn't have to bother. The poll also indicated that almost one-third of respondents, 31 percent, believed (or were not sure whether) Iraq had used such weapons against us.
06-05-03, 10:46 AM
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