Click here to go to Opinions You Should Have at tomburka.com. TITLE: Bush Prolongs War With Thoughtless, Irresponsible Talk AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/23/2003 09:27:00 PM ----- BODY: MSNBC learned that today Powell was trying to diplomatically negotiate the exile of Hussein in an effort to end the war quickly. When asked by reporters if Hussein could still seek exile, Bush destroyed Powell's diplomatic efforts by saying "No way. I gave him his 48 hours and they're over," or some such thing. Thanks. We can thank Bush for spilling the blood of those lost in a prolonged war -- Americans and Iraqis both. How many Americans will support the war if 1000 U.S. soldiers die? 2,000? 3,000? How many deaths were projected when Bush decided to go ahead? -------- TITLE: Responsible Reporting AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/23/2003 09:21:00 PM ----- BODY: When a correspondent told MSNBC's Forrest Sawyer moments ago that "chemical plants" had been found, he said, "But we don't know -- they could just be chemicals," and the correspodnent said, "That's right." A news ticker crawl under Sawyer then said "Chemical Weapons Plants found," and Sawyer said,"That's not true. that crawl is unsubstantiated. Take it down." And they did. Of course, this is the network that has "Operation Iraqi Freedom" -- a piece of propoganda -- continually emblazoned on theri screen during "news" coverage. -------- TITLE: War Crimes and Taking The Low Road AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/23/2003 05:58:00 PM ----- BODY: Maybe it's just me, but it seems absurd for Donald Rumsefeld to complain about Iraq violating the Geneva convention (concerning showing captured and dead marines on TV) when we haven't had very clean hands in our treatment or prisoners, or even in the legality of the current action. We insist on others following the Geneva Convention but we violated internatioanl law by invading Iraq to begin with. We captured Taliban and others and said we did not have to follow the Geneva convention, claiming that these people were "unlawful combatants." I believe there were corroborated reports that we kept prisoners naked and hooded for hours upon hours, often during interrogation. there have been questions concerning our treatment of detainees in Cuba. The point: We have chosen to become exactly like the very governments and people we used to criticise for human rights violations. I and many others have said that we can no longer criticize them for using practices that we have adopted. And don't tell me 1441 authorized war. Our own U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. said, when 1441 passed, that it was not "self-authenticating" (read: self-actuating), and another respolution was needed to authorize the use of military force. We can't pretend otherwise now. -------- TITLE: First Time Shock and Awe Used in Military Attack AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/23/2003 12:37:00 AM ----- BODY: Previous Uses: 1) Don King's hair; 2) Non-cancellation of Anna Nicole Smith Show; 3) Result of last Presidential Election; 4) James Traficant Jr.'s lawyering skills -- and his hair -- his membership in Congress -- everything about him, really; 5) Halle Berry's entrance in Die Another Day; 6) Ability of Helen Thomas to refrain from strangling Ari Fleischer at any given press conference; 7) Childbirth; 8) Inability of Gorilla to damage Samsonite luggage; 9) 1996 first-round victory of Princeton Tigers basketball team over defending champion UCLA on backdoor layup with 3 minutes left in game; 10) The Atkins Diet. Feel free to add your own in the comments. --------