Monday, February 10, 2003

Afternoon Musings-The US and its friends are picking apart the Franco-Germanic Spaghetti-Os (there's nothing in the middle) proposal. This quote was a keeper
Lord Powell, a former adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said increasing the number of inspectors would not help prove the existence of Saddam's arsenal because "their role is not one of a detective, but one of an auditor."
The inspectors can't be traipsing around Iraq hunting for stuff, they're best used to vouch for an honest accounting. It doesn't look like Saddam wants an honest account but instead is looking to buy time. A handful of lightly-armed, disinterested troops from Upper Slobovia won't help, nor will three times the inspectors on Saddam's Snipe Hunt. The Dell pitchdude (who seemed like a bit of a stoner in 20/20 hindsight) got busted for marijuana possession-Fox snagged the perfect blog headline-"Dude, you're getting a cell." Hey, save the straight lines for us to use! Pencil in Nigeria and South Africa as members in the Federation of Old Europe or FOE (my working title for our opposite number in Cold War II), both of them don't think Mad Bad Bob deserves further Commonwealth sanctions. Australia, proud member of the Anglosphere, disagrees. Henceforth, I will adopt Paleoeuropean as the official replacement for Euroweenie, placating those who felt the latter term was demeaning.

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