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The U.N. Took Powell's Lunch Money

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I so enjoy the pomp and circumstances of United Nations gatherings. This time, His Excellency Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was outgunned, if you will. Although his argument was compelling and I believe him, the opacity of the current Administration disallowed a successful debate.

All the Iraqi representative had to do was punch holes in Powell's argument, which was as easy as saying, the satellite photographs and the recordings cannot be taken as evidence in this format because easy-to-access technologies can be simulated.

The evidence was circumstantial and didn't seem to be supported with back-office, off-the-record evidence. In this format of oration, since this isn't a court-of-law, I did not come away believing that Saddam Hussein gasses his own people, has millions of liters of agent, and is able to spy on Iraq that much more effectively than the rest of the United Nations combined.

Still, I believe him because I like him and I believe that there is enough evidence that there is a lot of duplicity, concealment, deceit, and sleight-of-hand. I guess we are better at recognizing this sort of thing in others than we are in ourselves. 

Not for unilateral war, mind you, but enough to convince me that the United States is not suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia. This I thought before. But, as I said before, I like His Excellency Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

All in all, His Excellency Secretary of State Colin L. Powell did a fine job in spite of his Bush Administration choke collar. 

I wanted His Excellency Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to show our winning hand rather than telling of it.

You got to know when to hold 'em; 
Know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away; 
Know when to run.
You never count your money 
When you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' 
When the dealin's done.