Attila the Pun
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Armitage of one..

I realise this is slightly out of date now, but I love seeing Kerry O'Brien being told exactly where to go. Points to Richard Armitage, ex counter-insurgency officer, now Deputy Secretary of State:

KERRY O'BRIEN: Are you comfortable with the way America brought forward the date of its political handover to Iraq to June 30 and the strong perception that the deadline was dictated more by President Bush's need to reduce the weight of a potential political millstone from around his neck leading into your own presidential election rather than consideration for Iraq?

RICHARD ARMITAGE: Well I think the way you put that I'd have to respond with an eight-letter word.

The word of course would be 'nonsense'.


KERRY O'BRIEN: But it's just over three months away from that handover now and no-one can agree on an election date even for an interim government in Iraq.

They can't agree on how the vote should be conducted and the UN's position on that is far from clear?

RICHARD ARMITAGE: I think while you slept, others were working, Sir.

And witness Mr Armitages response, as an ex-serviceman himself, to O'Briens fake concern for America's casualities:

KERRY O'BRIEN: In terms of how the war is being received in America, Mr Armitage, you're a former Navy Seal, you don't think the American dead from Iraq deserve the powerful symbolism of being publicly honoured and publicly mourned rather than being brought back to America under a media ban?

RICHARD ARMITAGE: First of all, we believe that the families of these men and women who sacrificed should be accorded the first information and the respect of determining how they want to grieve.

Sorry Kez, I know the images, sorry 'powerful symbolism', of body bags coming home would really get your 'Its Vietnam again!' juices flowing, but you are just going to have to miss out this time.

Is Armitage cooler than Rummy? Probably not, but he is giving it a fair shake.

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