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Germany turns on America. That is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.
No nation on earth has been kinder to Germany than the United States. American dollars rebuilt that nation after it had embraced the evil dictator Hitler. American forces protected the majority of Germans from the Russians, who would have enslaved East Germany, which they did, and would have done the same thing to the West.
American dollars brought down the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, freeing millions of Germans in 1989. And what do we get for all that?
Well, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said today that Germany will not provide troops or money in the fight against Saddam Hussein. Schroeder said, "This country under my leadership is not available for an adventure." Schroeder's government says it is skeptical that Saddam is an outlaw and has illegal weapons.
Talking Points says the Germans have once again proved themselves an unworthy ally and an ungrateful nation. Even after Iraq invaded Kuwait and was defeated in the Gulf War, Germany continued to do back-door business with Saddam despite the embargo. Even after Iraq fired Scud missiles at Israeli civilians and gassed the Kurdish people, Schroeder remains skeptical.
Well, with all due respect, blank you, Mr. Chancellor. It's obvious that Schroeder is putting his political career ahead of what is right. He's up for reelection and down in the polls, so he's trying to tap into anti-American feeling.
In the coming weeks, you will hear the drum beat of, let's see the proof regarding Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. But in this very dangerous age, the proof is in the deeds. We all know Saddam tried desperately to develop biological and chemical weapons because scientists who have defected have told us that. And U.N. weapons inspectors found evidence of that.
That's why Saddam ordered them out. But some people simply cannot handle the truth.
The irony is that 65 years ago, few believed the Nazi regime was bent on murdering millions of civilians, despite reporting by William Schirer [CBS Newsman and later author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany] and others, despite Hitler's own words, despite the S.S. and the Gestapo. Millions simply would not accept the brutality of the Third Reich, and we saw what happened.
And here we are again. This time, Hitler has been replaced by Saddam, a murderer by all accounts, a terrorist, and perhaps a madman. Yet Gerhard Schroeder and his pals remain skeptical.
Well, the No Spin truth is that Germany has no credibility when it comes to savage dictators, and it owes the United States loyalty and support. Schroeder and the Germans that support him should be ashamed.
And they should remember.
And that's "The Memo."
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for the "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."
This dopey Anna Nicole Smith program got big ratings on the E Network, in fact, higher ratings than even The Factor. I am shocked and appalled by this, because Miss Smith is, shall we say, a person of limited well, intellectual dexterity. Not that we don't respect that. But I am having a hard time figuring out just what Miss Smith is offering in her program. Anyway, probably being ridiculous or jealous, but I am still appalled. And I bet the numbers go down next week, big.
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