SOTU Roundup: Den Beste

The captain of the good ship Clueless isn’t at all happy with Bush’s promise of a February 5 meeting at the UN:

That’s it? Consultation with allies? More horseshit in the UN building? That’s the grand plan?

I’ve given up trying to guess what the hell is going on. I don’t have a clue as to what that new UNSC resolution will actually say.

I know what I want it to be. I know what I hope happens next. I hope that more supporting evidence is released, and not simply more rehashing of information from open sources. We need at least one shock revelation. And then I want to see a request for an authorization for war. And a refusal to negotiate on the terms, a refusal to water it down, a refusal to delay, a refusal to “give more time for the inspections to work”.

Steven, the way I read the speech (and I’m looking at the transcript right now), that UN conference sounds a lot more like a presentation of the take-it-or-leave-it sort than it does more useless UN bickering. From the text:

The United States will ask the U.N. Security Council to convene on February the 5th to consider the facts of Iraq’s ongoing defiance of the world. Secretary of State Powell will present information and intelligence about Iraqi’s–Iraq’s illegal weapons programs, its attempts to hide those weapons from inspectors and its links to terrorist groups.

We will consult, but let there be no misunderstanding: If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm for the safety of our people, and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.

We already have a coalition; Bush made that clear earlier in his remarks. The UN, it sounds to me, can choose either to be a part of the existing coalition, or it can go get screwed — perhaps at their new HQ in Geneva. (OK, so I read some wishful thinking in there at the end.)

In any case, I’m more reassured now than I was a week ago, not less.