How you today? Good I hope. In addressing your directed commentary.....
First off, allow me to mention that this particular topic/thread has already been posted in the Politics & Scandals
My original/initial comments can be found and read in the original topic/thread. I'm assuming that in your haste to point me
out, you didn't
bother to check any of the forums to see if your subject/topic had been previously posted? Ok....
Secondly, since you named me
specifically, ummm, Mr. McGotti....allow me to ask a few questions of you that I hope you will get around to
answering in the foreseeable future:
" or "what
" makes Mr. Pat O'Reilly an expert on the subject of Iraq's WMD's and their subsequent full
and discovery? May I remind you that even Mr. Kay mentioned that though NO 'real' WMD had or have been found in Iraq, that he believes that there
are many questions left to be answered; that there may be smaller, not larger quantities --- as previously thought, still in Iraq or had been moved
out of Iraq. In such, the full
disclosure of Iraqi WMD is somewhat still up in the air, per se'? On the issue of "immenent threat" and Bush
"lying" or "falsely" taking the US to war with Iraq, my opinions can be found on multiple threads and do not need to be re-hashed on this one.
Thirdly,since when did the voice
of a liberal (though many claim conservative), populist, "waffling", Al Franken spooked, news media
anchorman become the last authoritive
word on the Iraqi WMD issue, Bush's supposed "immenent threat" usage, and Bush and the administration
Despite yours, and others, vocal claims of "treason", "lying", "falsehoods and pretexts", I remind you that within the US remains a judical
system for making such determinations either a reality or a defunct falsehood.
I find it quite ironic that I
was the only one you named. Why? Because I have been one of the most staunch, out-spoken ATS members on this
issue of Iraq having WMD's? Was your intent to discredit me due to the singled out words of dear Mr. O'Reilly? McGotti.....I have a very subdued
personality, in real life and on this board, yet, I will not necessarily hesitate, though this is slowly changing, to comment or post my thoughts,
opinions, and beliefs on a wide variety of subjects. Some find my 'directness' frustrating, belittling, demeaning, candid, etc. In some situations,
I have recognized this and have subsequently apologized, publically and sometimes a combination of publically and with u2u, in earnest for such
In the case of you and Mr. O'Reilly, I'm far from apologizing
to anyone, including myself and those closely connected to me in real life,
concerning Saddam and the issues of Iraqi WMD, past or present!
When or "if" this issue is taken before a judical inquiry and subsequently determined, beyond reasonable doubt or probability, that Saddam and Iraq
did not have WMD or that they destroyed every
bit they claimed and had been documented by the UN and UNSCOM, I will offer my apologies
then......until then, the "jury" is still out on being "wrong, so apologize"
, no matter what is determined and said "publically".
[Edited on 11-2-2004 by Seekerof]