Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
Q: But the inspectors didn't find any weapons of mass destruction.
Q: And that's why we invaded Iraq?
Q: But after we invaded them, we STILL didn't find any weapons of mass destruction, did we?
Q: Why did Iraq want all those weapons of mass destruction?
Q: I'm confused. If they had all those weapons that they planned to use in a war, then why didn't they use any of those weapons when we went to war with them?
Q: That doesn't make sense. Why would they choose to die if they had all those big weapons with which they could have fought back?
Q: I don't know about you, but I don't think they had any of those weapons our government said they did.
Q: And what was that?
Q: Why? What does a cruel dictator do that makes it OK to invade his country?
Q: Kind of like what they do in China?
Q: So if a country lets its people be exploited for American corporate gain, it’s a good country, even if that country tortures people?
Q: Why were people in Iraq being tortured?
Q: Isn’t that exactly what happens in China?
Q: What’s the difference between China and Iraq?
Q: Didn’t you once tell me Communists were bad?
Q: How are the Cuban Communists bad?
Q: Like in Iraq?
Q: And like in China, too?
Q: How come Cuba isn’t a good economic competitor?
Q: But if we got rid of those laws, opened up trade with Cuba, and started doing business with them, wouldn’t that help the Cubans become capitalists?
Q: I didn’t think I was being one.
Q: Kind of like China and the Falun Gong movement?
Q: What’s a military coup?
Q: Didn’t the ruler of Pakistan come to power by a military coup?
Q: Why is Pakistan our friend if their leader is illegitimate?
Q: Didn’t you just say a military general who comes to power by forcibly overthrowing the legitimate government of a nation is an illegitimate leader?
Q: Why did we invade Afghanistan?
Q: What did Afghanistan do to us on September 11th?
Q: So how did Afghanistan figure into all that?
Q: Aren’t the Taliban those bad radical Islamics who chopped off people’s heads and hands?
Q: Didn’t the Bush administration give the Taliban 43 million dollars back in May of 2001?
Q: Fighting drugs?
Q: How did they do such a good job?
Q: So, when the Taliban cut off people’s heads and hands for growing flowers, that was OK, but not if they cut people’s heads and hands off for other reasons?
Q: Don’t they also cut off people’s hands and heads in Saudi Arabia?
Q: Don’t Saudi women have to wear burqas in public, too?
Q: What’s the difference?
Q: It sounds like the same thing with a different name.
Q: But I thought you said 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11th were from Saudi Arabia.
Q: Who trained them?
Q: Was he from Afghanistan?
Q: I seem to recall he was our friend once.
Q: Who are the Soviets? Was that the Evil Communist Empire Ronald Reagan talked about?
Q: So the Soviets – I mean, the Russians – are now our friends?
Q: So the French and Germans are evil,too?
A: Not exactly evil, but just bad enough that we had to rename French fries and French toast to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.
Q: Do we always rename foods whenever another country doesn’t do what we want them to do?
Q: But wasn’t Iraq one of our friends back in the 1980s?
Q: Was Saddam Hussein ruler of Iraq back then?
Q: Why did that make him our friend?
Q: Isn’t that when he gassed the Kurds?
Q: So anyone who fights against one of our enemies automatically becomes our friend?
Q: And anyone who fights against one of our friends is automatically an enemy?
Q: I think so. We attacked them because God wanted us to, right?
Q: But how did we know God wanted us to attack Iraq?
Q: So basically, what you’re saying is that we attacked Iraq because George W. Bush hears voices in his head?
Q: Good night, Daddy.
Saturday, July 12, 2008