Friday, March 28, 2003
Thursday, March 27, 2003
And yet there was also the appearance of Prince Bandar bin Sultan getting even against Richard Perle, for who knows what offenses - something to do with the Prince's sister spending several hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on a terrorist safe house in San Diego, perhaps? Or maybe something else? According to the Washington Post article, referring to Seymour Hersh's original New Yorker article:
The piece contains this extraordinary quote from Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States: "There were elements of the appearance of blackmail -- 'If we get in business, he'll back off on Saudi Arabia' -- as I have been informed by participants in the meeting."
I don't know what the real story is, but the backstabbing looks intense here. Something to look out for when the histories of this time get written......
Still, it's hard not to get mad at the media's easy compliance with defeatism. I particularly remember Judy Woodruff on CNN, on Monday I believe, the day when the news was sinking in about the capture of the 12 American soldiers from Ft. Bliss, TX. Woodruff announced that it was a very bad day for Coalition forces, when, in fact, the forces were in great shape, racing for Baghdad. Woodruff mistook the PR battle rattling around her head at CNN, the talk-talk war, for the real battle in Mesopotamia. Perhaps stupid of her, and annoying. But maybe she has a point after all - Clausewitz's old saw about war being just politics carried out with different means remains just as true as ever. If Hussein can out-psyche her, so much the better for his forces.