Lost in all the "little Eichmann" hubbub was his charge that the US (read Clinton Administration)-led sanctions on Saddam caused the deaths of some 500,000 innocent Iraqis.
My favorite lefty, Alexander Cockburn, reported the following exchange:
In 1996, Madeleine Albright was asked the following question on CBS’ “60 Minutes” by Lesley Stahl: “We have heard that half a million children have died (in Iraq). I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And you know, is the price worth it?"
Albright infamously replied, “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.”
So for those who require unvarnished honesty from our leaders, instead of talking WMDs, George W. Bush should have told the American people and the world,
"It's true that the "containment" strategy toward Saddam is working. But the United States and Bill Clinton have killed a half million innocent children to do it, as our former Secretary of State has admitted. But I don't think it is worth it. For the sake of decency and justice, I propose we go into Iraq, kill only the guilty, and send a couple thousand of our own good sons and daughters to their deaths to show mankind just how sacred Americans hold decency and justice to be."
There are any number of reasons Bush couldn't say those words. Fortunately, we have a president who understands actions speak louder.