Sunday, November 13, 2005

He Obviously Watches Fox News

Bill McCormick is the new US ambassador to New Zealand. He owns a bunch of restaurants, and he also donated to the campaigns of both Bush Senior and Bush Junior. Which explains more about his appointment to ambassador than his grasp on current affairs:

The restaurant tycoon appointed by George W. Bush brushed aside the fact that no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq since the invasion began and yesterday declared of Saddam Hussein: "Every intelligence network knew this fellow had weapons of mass destruction."
No, no they didn't. You also don't just magic away weapons of mass destruction.

Although I always thought there was a sort of catch 22 situation with those unfound weapons:

1. If America thought Iraq actually had weapons of mass destruction then they wouldn't have invaded, because then Iraq would have used those weapons (see Korea, North).

2. If America didn't think Iraq had any weapons of mass destruction then they would have planted some to justify invading the country.

So when they didn't find any weapons of mass destruction I thought America must have really thought those WMD existed, but if they thought they existed then why did they invade?


  1. Anonymous8:31 pm

    They invaded for oil, not WMD, and they didn't bother planting anything because they didn't really care what anyone thought.

  2. Anonymous9:20 pm

    The thing that really sucks is that he donated less than $150,000 to teh Republican party, and for that he gets to be obnoxious in NZ for the next 3(?) years. is that all that we are worth?

  3. The WMDs were only used as justification *before* the invasion, since they needed some sort of "legal" excuse. Once the invasion started, they switched to talking about liberating the Iraqi people from an evil dictator and introducing democracy (not sufficient grounds for starting the invasion, but better for maintaining public support afterwards), and hoped everyone would forget about the WMDs. This was of course assuming gross stupidity on the part of the American public, but Bush's "re"election seem to have proved them right.