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Thursday, March 27, 2003

 
This is an amazing op-ed, especially considering the the source is The Moscow Times:

Sanctions Busting Skeletons

If sanctions had indeed been watertight since September 1990, today there would not be a single Iraqi jet or helicopter flying, tank rolling, or radar or SAM battery operating due to a lack of spare parts and adequate maintenance. Hussein's army and Republican Guard would long ago have disintegrated.

There have been large-scale breaches of the sanctions regime all these years. These violations are the main reason that today so much force is needed to dislodge Hussein.

It's possible that adamant Russian opposition to regime change in Iraq was fueled by fears that if Hussein goes, the extent of his cooperation with Moscow will be disclosed. The French may be troubled by the same concerns. After the fall of Baghdad many unwanted skeletons may come tumbling out of the closet.

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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