Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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Missing the point

So our esteemed President goes on TV and says, (from the BBC transcript):
Saddam Hussein and his sons must leave Iraq within 48 hours.

Their refusal to do so will result in military conflict commenced at a time of our choosing.
And then, today, (again from the BBC):
President George W Bush's spokesman Ari Fleischer said that allied troops would go into the country "no matter what", but warned the Iraqi leader that if he did not leave it would be his "final mistake".
You see, the deal with an ultimatum is that you make it and then follow through. You don't make an ultimatum and then change it 12 hours later. That's why it's an ultimatum, a final proposition, condition, or demand.

He can't even get that much right. And what's with that "final mistake" comment? We're abandoning our long-standing policy against assassination of foreign leaders now? That'll look real good if American ambassadors and diplomats become the target of retribution.

So we spiral into war and isolationism. What a wonderful time to be alive.

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