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Darn



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I really wanted to respond in kind to Kathryn’s impressive string of warblogs. But Cosmo demands his due. He will be on the lookout for Baathist squirrels, he promises.

The First Strike



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Lots of conjecture this morning about whether or not the first strike against Iraqi leadership last night was successful. Of course, complete success would be a cartoon-style Saddam pancake. But I think even a no-fatalities result would be worthwhile. Nothing rattles the nerves more than 40 cruise missiles whistling around what you think is your safe house or your secret motorcade. That sends a real “you can run but you can’t hide” message, don’t you think?

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Yep, That’s The Way It Works



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“So we shoot at them, then they start shooting at us.” That’s how one of the Fox and Friends guys just summed up the situation.

Web Briefing: December 21, 2014

By The Way...



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My “Last Pre-War G-File” was cited at some length in the parliamentary debate in Australia over the use of force. I’m quite proud. And, let me announce, should the great people of Australia wish to invite the Goldberg clan down under, we would be favorably disposed.

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“Not An Assassination, a Military Operation”



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John McCain supporting taking out Saddam Hussein on CNN just now.

Am I The Only One Who...



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Thinks it would be funny if President Bush hired a body double — maybe Will Ferrell? — to give a quick statement to the American people?

Oh Kathryn...



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Don’t you know ignorance is Blix?

What Scuds?



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This morning, CNN reported, “In Baghdad, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Al-Sahaf said he had heard a report that U.S. forces had downed a Scud. “But we don’t have Scud missiles,” he said.” As GMU law professor Ronald Rotunda notes, “This is an existential question: if Iraq does not have Scud missiles, how can a US missile down it? The French are very interested in existentialism, so perhaps they will explain.”

Hey, Mr. Blix



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How about those Scuds?

“a Very Sad Day”



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Madeleine Albright on CNN. Seems to be articulating a French-like position, encouraging President Bush to go back to the U.N. for support “so that it is not just the United States.”

You Can Do This, Too, of Course



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A reader: “No credit card,
but I’m going down to Barnes and Noble today, buy an dead-tree issue,
and use that damn card that always falls out in the store to subscribe. ”

Saddam Almost Fled



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Gulf War Ii



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This is a hopeless-cause comment but a) Did the first Gulf War really end? b) This is a battle in a greater war on terror. Any way you look at it, it seems, Gulf War II is misleading. I’ll resign myself now though, because this one is here to stay, I suspect.

Iraqi Information Minister



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just called for the assassinations of Bush and Blair.

Palo Verde



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Bill Gertz & Jerry Seper report that Iraq sleeper cells have plans for the Arizona nuclear power plant.

Didn’t We Do That Already?



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CBSNEWS.COM headline: “1,000 U.S. Troops Invade Afghanistan”

Centcom



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Remarkable



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Michael Barone is just a treasure. Here, he debunks the president’s “diplomatic failure” critics.

This Wasn’t The Script



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The Washington Post runs down the chronology.

The Surrender Rumors



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