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January 29, 2008

I Can See The Future

Me, four days ago:

In any case, I'll definitely watch the Sixty Minutes segment. Sadly, though, the reality behind it—whatever it is—won't matter. Given the way the America works, the Piro interview will establish for all time that Saddam was bluffing, was itching to get nukes, etc.

Commenter joe at Jim Henley's website, yesterday:

If the Iraqi government wanted to be certified [as disarmed], why would they demolish WMDs stocks in secret? Why would Saddam keep making statements about having them?

He wanted his country, and the world, to believe they still had that capability, to entrench his own power at home and to project the image of fearsome military might abroad.

The FBI interrogator who worked with Saddam for the months after his capture described Saddam exlaining all of this to him on 60 Minutes Sunday night.

The 60 Minutes piece was a real disappointment, at least from the perspective of the historian in me. There was nothing new or interesting there at all. And from a journalistic perspective, it was a disaster. I'll be posting something about it later today.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at January 29, 2008 01:00 PM

I said this 5 years ago, right before the invasion.

But hay, Iran, now there's where the real action is! Even though our own Intelligence estimates say they stopped their nuke program in '03, President Kill again knows better.

In five years, some Iranian dip shit will go on 60 minutes and say exactly what this guy said, only in Farsi.

Posted by: Keith at January 29, 2008 02:18 PM

Ah, but from a propaganda perspective...

If history isn't "mostly bunk" already, it certainly will be by the time we're finished with it.

Posted by: Dunc at January 30, 2008 08:32 AM

note to self: never write this in a blog. "I'll be posting something about it later today."

Posted by: heddy at January 30, 2008 01:14 PM

I wrote something about it: 60 minutes tells lies

I hate liars, just hate them.

Posted by: Susan at January 31, 2008 02:06 AM