"..In any case, all I want to say this morning is that HOWARD DEAN IS ABSOLUTELY, UNARGUABLY CORRECT when he notes that the capture of Saddam makes America no safer. America was never threatened by Iraq. Every single one of the scare tactics employed by the administration in their game of bait and switch designed to exploit the trauma of 9/11 to deploy the neocons’ longtime plan to invade Iraq has proven an exaggeration, a chimera or a lie. There were no WMDs; no nukes, and no connections to Al Qaida. Saddam was being effectively contained at the moment George Bush chose to plunge the world into war. Meanwhile, the men who attacked us REMAIN FREE TO DO SO AGAIN—in part due to the fact that we have wasted our resources—and the world’s good will--on Bush’s Iraqi obsession. And we are hardly much better prepared than we were last time. Our nuclear and chemical plants remain all but unprotected; so too our ports and infrastructure. Our first responders are untrained and our cities starved for resources to defend themselves. The mass media might not remember that a “war on terrorism” is supposed to address actual terrorists, but we at Altercation do. Capturing Saddam Hussein is a blow for justice; and it will be a good thing for Iraqis, no doubt. But if all this war was about was making Iraqis safer, well, then, Bush should have said so. But then, of course, it would never have happened. And we would all be better off.
In the meantime, if Cheney’s ticker prevents another run, Bush should replace him with JOE LIEBERMAN. Nobody right now is doing more for the president’s first honest election victory than the Wall Street Journal’s favorite Democrat. And oh yeah, TWO CAR BOMBS went off yesterday killing six Iraqi policemen and wounding twenty more, and an American soldier was killed on Sunday by a roadside bomb near Baghdad; the same day a car bomb exploded in Khaldiya, killing 17 police officers. Didn’t anyone tell these guys we won the war?"