Thursday, March 31, 2005

Classic Retort

I have to infer from that (statement) that you would be happier if Saddam Hussein were still in power.

-- Paul Wolfowitz

It's the classic retort given by neocons and other war supporters when anyone questions the wisdom of the Iraq War. But let's say I get disturbed by a spider crawling on the garage wall. I slam the car into it at 50 miles an hour, destroying the car and causing a few thousand dollars in damage to the garage. When my wife objects, I say: "I have to infer from that statement that you would be happier if that spider were still crawling up the wall."

"No, schmuck," she says, "I'd be happier if we still had a car and didn't have to fork out ten thousand dollars to fix the garage."

-- R. J. Eskow (Common Dreams, March 27)

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