July 12, 2003


The Australian’s Greg Sheridan reports:

The US has discovered what it believes is decisive proof of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs and taken the material to the US for testing.

US Undersecretary of State John Bolton told The Weekend Australian the US had evidence it hoped would prove Iraq's previous possession of WMD.

Well-informed sources have now told The Weekend Australian that US soldiers made the discovery in Iraq two weeks ago. They believe the material will contain chemical weapons materials.

However, the material was not in a pristine or readily identifiable state when it was discovered and it was decided to take it back to the US for comprehensive laboratory testing.

I guess this is important only if it shuts a few people up. I’m fine with simply getting rid of a WMD-lusting dictator. Meanwhile the SMH’s Mike Carlton declares John Bolton to be “one of the Bush Administration's madder right-wingers”. His evidence:

Bolton loathes the United Nations, once memorably remarking that "it is certainly rare to find genuine capitalists walking the UN halls". He believes the US can ignore the world body as it pleases because, as he puts it, "the United States is, simply stated, different from other countries".

Carlton might be more friendly towards the US if its officials were imposed rather than elected.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 12, 2003 04:28 AM

It would be really something if it's correct, although at this stage I'll be sceptical after all the false alarms we've seen.

But if it is true.... and if this is also....


Posted by: wilbur at July 12, 2003 at 04:41 AM

Sheridan makes loathing the United Nations seem wrong somehow.

Posted by: Randy R. at July 12, 2003 at 04:43 AM

Half a loathe is better than none?

That's not loathing. That's more like a mild dislike. Loathing would be throwing all the UN weenies out of the US and burning the buildings.

Before sowing the ground with salt.


Posted by: mojo at July 12, 2003 at 05:56 AM

I hate Mike Carleton.
Luckily, 60 minutes refused to renew his contract.

Posted by: Jonny at July 12, 2003 at 06:55 AM

Hey Randy - Greg Sheridan is wearing a white hat, mate!

He is the Foreign Affairs Editor of The Australian, is a very strong advocate for the US Alliance and was a vocal supporter for intervention in Iraq.

Mike Carleton is the whiny little turd who thinks loathing the UN is the sign of a rabid right-winger. (Bolton makes Rummy look like Janbe Fonda??? Pig's arse!).

Notice how Mike Carleton has to write a little story about what spies are saying to each other in Canberra at the end of his piece. What kind of fucking journalism is this? If you don't have any evidence to back up your conspiracy theory, just write a little fictional vignette instead. Man, that's Walkely Award material!

Posted by: Bob Bunnett at July 12, 2003 at 10:48 AM

"Hey Randy - Greg Sheridan is wearing a white hat, mate!"

Yeah, I realized right after I posted the remark that I slandered the wrong journalist, but being the arrogant, unilateralist American that I am, I decided not to admit the mistake. That plus the fact that Tim's comments don't have an edit function.

Posted by: Randy R. at July 12, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Who elected Bolton? Rumsfeld? Wolfowitz?

Posted by: Tim F at July 12, 2003 at 11:45 PM

American officials are imposed. It's not like Australia mate.

Posted by: craig at July 13, 2003 at 12:10 AM