It has now been 11 years since Colin Powell pitched preemptive total war against Iraq based on obvious fictions... and since the American media absolutely swooned for it, condemning millions to death, dismemberment, or displacement.
Ten years ago today, Colin Powell went to the United Nations and presented an emperor's-new-clothes argument for raining death, dismemberment, and displacement onto the people of Iraq.
At Maine Owl, The Owl well remembers the day Powell threw us a Curveball and digs into the archives for a chilling timeline of the days of shame that followed the boffo U.N. anthrax-and-pony show. Highly recommended reading.
A Poetic Justice suggests giving peace a chance.
For Alan Perlman, AKA "The Jewish Atheist," the Day of Shame doesn't quite bring on a peaceful, easy feeling. He sees Powell as "a magnificent example of affirmative action run amok."
When asked about his, IMHO, provocative statements about the role of race in Powell's career, Dr. Perlman replied thusly: Read more about Day of Shame Links #7
Driftglass marks the Day of Shame with pictures, poetry, and heartfelt prose:
The number of dead Iraqis, who might as well be so many Pac Man dots, so little do they matter to us as real, live human beings anymore. Not that they ever did, really.
On February 7, 2003, Slacktavist described Powell's presentation thusly:
"POWELL'S EVIDENCE LOOKING SHAKY. No smoking gun, lots of smoke and mirrors."
If there's one thing I hate, it's 20/20 hindsight. Goddamn hippies!
The internets are chock full of handy lists.
An oft-posted one is "Colin Powell's Rules to Live By," which is generally set up with a gushy intro, like this one:
I was watching my favorite show on The View today, MLK Day and General Colin Powell was on. What a great father figure, so steady and self assured. Elizabeth mentioned his list of rules to live by and I had to look it up. So here it is.
Here is the first helping of contributions to the Day of Shame blogswarm, 2008...
Batocchio's superb analysis, like Gaul, is divided into three parts. With understatement that burns, Batocchio says "It wasn't a pleasant feeling, knowing we were almost certainly going to war based on flimsy reasons." Read more about Day of Shame Links #1
[Welcome, Crooks & Liars readers!]
dayofshame.com was created to promote observances and analyses of the run-up to the Iraq War and of the fateful day when the reality-based community seemingly lost its charter. And we're looking for you to help recollect, commiserate, and if possible, make sense of it all.
On February 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations to rally support for an invasion of Iraq.
His presentation contained little substance and numerous obvious flaws, and the international community was unimpressed.
America's mainstream media, however, declared it "compelling." Read more about The day the music died