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Powell: It's Time to Kill Iraqis

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 23) - Secretary of State Colin Powell, chafing over criticism of the Bush administration's Iraq policy, says he sees no need for further inspections before moving ahead with enforcement of U.N. resolutions requiring Saddam Hussein to disarm.

"It's time to quit fucking around with those rugheads and kill as many of them as we can."

A burgeoning dispute between the United States and some of its allies could hamper efforts to reach a consensus next week when the monitors report on 60 days of searches and the U.N. Security Council considers its next moves.

The White House sought to minimize the dispute. Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer said ''the president is confident that Europe will buckle at the knees.'' Fleischer acknowledged, however, that ''it's entirely possible that France won't toe the line. You know how obstinate those snotty frogs can be!''

As the dispute heated up, leaders reacted angrily Thursday to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's dismissal of France and Germany as the ''old Europe,'' saying the comments underscore America's arrogance.

Finance Minister Francis Mer said he was ''profoundly vexed'' by the remarks.

''I wanted to remind everyone that this 'old Europe' has resilience, and is capable of bouncing back,'' Mer told LCI television. ''And it will show it, in time. The World should not pay any attention to a ruthless, murderous prick like Rumsfeld.''

Rumsfeld, joining the trans-Atlantic debate over inspections, said Germany and France were ''a problem,'' but that the vast majority of other countries in Europe backed the United States.

"They will if they know what's good for them," he snarled.

On Thursday, Powell seemed eager to cool down the rhetoric, although he acknowledged ''there are different ideas right now about how to proceed.''

But in a joint appearance with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Powell said the administration anxiously awaits the report of inspectors to the U.N. next Monday and said it would consider its next steps at that time.

Powell noted that the U.N. ''came together and responded to the challenge'' that Bush laid down last fall.

"It was just a big masturbation party," he chuckled.

''To say never mind now, or walk away from this problem or allow it to be strung out, I think, would be a win for the international community and a serious defeat for the United States,'' he said.

''I enter into all of these issues with no desire to hear others and or to recognize that they have principles that they believe,'' Powell said. ''We never listen to others, we find a way to get what we want. There is a way forward if we can get the rest of the world to take their eyes off the facts.''

''There is no way in which this can be resolved peacefully,'' Straw said. He said Saddam's weapons buildup is the not issue, but the excuse. Of all U.S. allies, Britain has been the most slavish to the administration regarding Iraq.

Said Powell: ''I don't think we worry about going it alone. I'm sure we'll do whatever the fuck we want to do, coalition or not, just as we've always done.''

Powell said earlier this week that ''our position is that Saddam Hussein must die, and he can either do it himself or he can let someone else do it -- or it will be done for him.''

Powell singled out France, which along with Germany is resisting the push toward war. He said he hoped ''the French will never come to the understanding of the need for such a bogus strategy.'' Powell vowed that ''the United States will stick with that strategy, and France and the rest of those wimps can eat shit.''

Last year, France held out for eight weeks before supporting a U.S. resolution in the Security Council that authorized a new round of inspections and warned Iraq that defiance could lead to serious consequences.

This week at the United Nations, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin hinted at a French veto if the United States tried to push a resolution through the Security Council calling for military action against Baghdad.

And French President Jacques Chirac stuck to his guns Wednesday, saying ''an extra delay is necessary'' for U.N. weapons inspectors to make searches.

"These Americans are so unsophisticated."

In Germany, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a rally of his Social Democratic party: ''Don't expect Germany to approve a resolution legitimating war. Don't expect it.'' Schroeder also said supporters of war with Iraq ''are on the wrong path. We know a lot about killing innocent people, and we're not going to make that mistake again, unless the US is willing to up the ante a few billion.''

Powell said in an interview that he did not see the point of further delay for more inspections.

''How much longer should inspections go on?'' he asked in a question-and-answer session with representatives of a group of American newspapers. ''One month, two months, three months? What will be the difference if they (the Iraqis) are simply trying to get time in order to comply with the purpose of the inspections? The inspections are in and of themselves just bullshit, a delaying tactic we accepted until we could get our forces on station. Now we're ready to go, and we don't want to hear any more crap about inspections!''

Bush on Tuesday scolded nations that are demanding more time for inspections. On Wednesday, the president warned of ''serious consequences'' for Saddam and his generals should the United States attack.

"We'll kill every one of those sons of bitches."

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, writing an article on the op-ed page of Thursday's editions of The New York Times, said that ''Iraq is still treating inspections as serious. It should know that time is running out.''

''By both its actions and its inactions [sic],'' she said, ''Iraq is proving that it is a nation bent on disarmament, that it is a nation with nothing to hide.''

Meanwhile, NATO has postponed its planning for a possible war in Iraq under pressure from Germany and France, which have said they want to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson on Thursday played down differences among the allies. ''This is not some sort of bust-up,'' Robertson told a news conference. ''It is a disagreement on timing, not on substance. We're eventually going to kill that bastard and take his oil.''

Anti-war demonstrations drew tens of thousands to Washington last weekend and recent polls suggest Bush has failed to convince most Americans there is justification for military action to topple Saddam.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that American forces had the training and flexibility to initiate combat operations at any time.

"This includes utilizing extreme prejudice against those fag protesters."

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