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Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Closing Down the Baathhouse-I've been busy teaching, but Powell seems to have the Baathists dead to rights. This first half of his speech lays out how the Iraqi government has been systematicaly hiding the WMD evidence. Part two lays out that they have enough chemical weapons to casue "mass casualties across more than 100 square miles of territory, an area nearly 5 times the size of Manhattan." Iraq's also working on a nuke program (although they've not been shown to have gotten the fissionable material to finish the job) and working on long-range rockets and unmanned vehicles for spreading either chemical or biological weapons. There's also a small but significant al Qaeda presence in Iraq, not just in Iraqi Kurdistan but in the more southern areas under Baathist controll as well. That should give us something close to 70-30 support in the US for an invasion. It should shut up all but the most dovish of Democrats and even bring the French on board.

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