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Thursday, January 08, 2004


Bush: Dean was right

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, January 08, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
via Atrios:

QUESTION: Mr. President, you said earlier this morning that in a trial that all of Saddam's atrocities need to be brought out. He was in power more than 30 years. It probably would make for a long rap sheet.

Bush: You're not supposed to pre-judge.

QUESTION: Yes. I'm just counting the years.

Bush: OK, good.

QUESTION: Do you believe that the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 should be included, as well as his assassination attempt against former President Bush?

Bush: That'll all be decided by the lawyers. And I will instruct this government to make sure the system includes the Iraqi citizens and make sure the process withstands international scrutiny.

But we'll let the lawyers handle all that. And, as you know, I'm not a lawyer. And I delegate. And I'm going to delegate this to the legal community which will be reviewing all of this matter.

kudos to the President for following where Dean has tread (someone please explain it to Jonah Goldberg, who thinks it's "nonsense"). Jeers to Kerry and Lieberman who seem to think that the rule of law takes a back seat to vigilante "justice".


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