September 29, 2003


Richard Butler is looking kinda toasted.

Especially when you add this to the flames.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 29, 2003 07:28 AM

Guilty as charged. His son's second name is 'Gough'! A Glenn Milne scoop courtesy of intellectual powerhouse Alexander Downer. Pathetic.

Posted by: buedog at September 29, 2003 at 07:35 AM

ben GOUGH butler... it all makes sense now! i hope they give the greedy ole bastard hypocrite guvner gen a right rogering too! bring it on!

Posted by: roscoe p coltrane at September 29, 2003 at 09:43 AM

This is confusing to me. I donít mean that sarcastically. Not only Scott Ritter but also Richard Butler has flip-flopped on Iraq issues?
Sure, Butler is a politician, but...this is just weird. How have they been selecting people like these to conduct weapons inspections?

Posted by: ForNow at September 29, 2003 at 10:49 AM

Now's our chance to get even for the disgraceful way the left treated Hollingworth.

Posted by: Toryhere at September 29, 2003 at 11:43 AM

Tim et al.:
Butler confuses me greatly.

I've seen him over here on a number of U.S. shows being quite supportive - with qualifiers - of the action. He was even on Phil Donahue a while back (before the start of the war) and even though it was a one-sided panel and audience (very liberal), he was quite clear in stating that he believed Saddam was a threat, had WMD, needed to be replaced (in so many words).

Then I see stories on comments in Australia (and Europe) and he's critical of the action.

Geez, he should join the Democratic nominees for the presidency. Fit right in with Graham (Saddam must be removed 2000), Kerry (Hussein is a threat - 1999), et cetera.

I know a foolish consistency is the et cetera, but c'mon.


Posted by: SteveMG at September 29, 2003 at 11:50 AM

Completely off topic but has anyone else noticed or noted that Tim has lost the magpie motif? Tim also has made no mention as yet of Collingwood's monumental CHOKE in the Grand Final. Brisbane by 50 points, oh the shame.......snigger, snort.

Posted by: Jake D at September 29, 2003 at 12:30 PM

Oh how sweet it is! Condemned by his own mouth.
For this bloody hypocrite only a complete public humiliation will suffice. After the disgraceful success of the Howard Haters in pilloring poor Hollingworth let us real Aussies join in seeing this bucket of bilge Butler is consigned to the dung heap of ignominy and utter shame.
(Yep I feel much better now:-)

Posted by: Lawrie at September 29, 2003 at 12:39 PM

I didnít know that Richard Butler had been talking that way in Australia. It is disturbing. In the USA, Butler was serving as a counterweight to Scott Ritter or whatís left of him.

Are we sure that there are not two Richard Butlers?

I mean, very sure?

Posted by: ForNow at September 29, 2003 at 01:11 PM

Richard Butler is shamefully opportunistic, and that's all there is to it. As Tony Abbot said, he's a sell-out.

On another matter, I'm suprised that some people on this thread are blaming liberals for Hollingsworth's fall from grace. For crissakes, the man condoned pedophilia, and that isn't an issue for politics.

Posted by: Cruddrick at September 29, 2003 at 01:59 PM

Well, then, good grief. This is not good. Next time we need weapons inspectors, maybe we could do better for such big-league work than these assholes.

Posted by: ForNow at September 29, 2003 at 03:21 PM

Butler's tenure at Government House may still be lengthy; possibly not as Governor Butler, but maybe as Butler the Butler.
Given the amount of our dough the slimy piece of shit has expended over the years on servants, maybe it's about time he was made one.
Another good egalitarian from the ranks of Labor; what a turd.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 29, 2003 at 03:36 PM

You can't read Saddam Defiant and tell me that the person many of you are so fanatically dressing-down is not a man who's heart, mind and efforts were largely in the right place. A man who certainly worked harder than most of us ever will to rid the world of such cowardly weapons. I'll admit that I was disapointed in the lead-up to war that Mr.Butler dwelt on benign leagalistic arguments against action, or was hard to find saying anything. However you can neither understand nor erase his efforts with sound-bites.

Posted by: C at September 30, 2003 at 02:29 AM

Butler was quoted in Atlantic City(?) a couple of weeks ago saying of course Saddam had WMD and he held some in his hands.

Posted by: Sandy P. at September 30, 2003 at 02:40 AM