September 18, 2006

Rumsfled says Death Star may have been completed by now if Hussein were left in power

Posted in political satire, Rumsfled at 4:22 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

images5.jpgby Paula Berrer

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told a radio interviewer that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was at risk of being a greater threat than other players in the Middle East because of the price of oil, and may have sought to build a “Death Star,” similar to the one featured in the “Star Wars” films.

“The fact of the matter is – if Saddam Hussein were still in power in Iraq, he would be rolling in petrol dollars,” Rumsfeld said in a radio interview with Eileen Byrne on WLS 890 AM in Chicago, Ill., from the Pentagon. “He would be seeing the Iranians interested in a nuclear program, the North Koreans developing a nuclear program, and, frankly, he’d say well why shouldn’t I get a nuclear bomb? Or the Death Star, frankly. They destroyed whole planets with it in that Star Wars film. Is that what we want? Heavens no. So we’re actually very fortunate that he’s gone.”

Past rationalizations Rumsfeld has used publicly to justify the war include presence of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, the possibility of a role in supporting terrorists including the 9/11 attackers, the fact that the Iraqi strongman wasn’t very nice, the geographical importance of Iraq with respect to Middle Eastern oil fields, and the fact that owning and running Iraq might be a lot of fun. The secretary’s press office referred questions about his interview to the White House travel office, and its affiliated rocket scientist Pilar Putnam.


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