Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

The Coalition of the Bribed and Coerced

One of Kerry's criticisms of the invasion of Iraq is that the U.S.-led coalition is actually a "coalition of the bribed and coerced", because Bush was unable to get countries like France and Russia on board.

However, this New York Times article reports on a Congressional investigation that suggests that there was, in fact, a coalition of countries -- including France, Russia, and China -- bribed by Saddam Hussein through the U.N.'s Oil for Food program.

As far as the "coerced", I recall that at least one news organization -- memory tells me that it was CNN, but I can't find a citation at the moment -- would not report a number of negative stories about pre-war Iraq because they feared for the safety of their reporters in the country.

I suppose I have a point here, but I'll leave it to you to connect the dots.
Tags: musings, politics, world
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