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Phillip Adams salutes:

Andrew Wilkie, the brave ONA analyst who resigned on the eve of the Iraq war over the weapons of mass destruction that he knew never existed.

Wrong, Phillip. Although Wilkie believed Iraq’s WMD program to be contained and limited, he also was in “no doubt they have chemical and biological weapons.” As well, Wilkie believed Saddam could produce a humanitarian disaster in the event of invasion:

“He could do it with weapons of mass destruction. He’s already used chemical weapons against the Kurds, and he could do the same again.”

Not now, he can’t.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/27/2007 at 10:25 AM
  1. Adams tells lies and denies facts constantly.

    He worships, as heroes, the old school, ruthless communists and only consorts with likeminded comrades, all impervious to shame.

    Posted by LaoHuLi on 2007 02 27 at 11:07 AM • permalink

  2. One thing that I cannot stand about the Iraq debate is the number of Monday’s Experts in politics, the media and among the general public, who so blatantly ignore the fact that they also thought Iraq had WMDs.  It makes me furious.

    Posted by murph on 2007 02 27 at 11:09 AM • permalink

  3. Also, didn’t Adams write an column on the eve of the invasion that stated triumphantly that the American military should expect huge casualties from Iraqi WMD?

    Or was that Bob Ellis?

    Sorry, I tend to get mistakenly conflate lying, fat, pinko tossers.

    Posted by murph on 2007 02 27 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  4. Lileks found the WMD!

    Posted by SoberHT on 2007 02 27 at 11:24 AM • permalink

  5. Some sons and daughters of our friends are in Iraq & Afghanistan & the Gulf in SAS, Navy & support/training units. They’re loving it because they’re using their excellent training to best advantage, as my spouse and his mates did in their day. For these kids the WMD debate is so old it’s crustified, and Dawood is way off the radar. Pity old Phil hadn’t ever spent time in a hot spot. Or Wilkie.

    Posted by mareeS on 2007 02 27 at 12:38 PM • permalink

  6. Wilkie had valid points in that article.  He wasn’t engaging in hyperbole.  He was making an honest assessment.

    I’m not saying that he was right.  Further, his actions since have revealed him to be an attention seeker.

    Posted by murph on 2007 02 27 at 01:04 PM • permalink

  7. Not now, he can’t.

    There are times when I believe that this is what really gets the lefties up in arms.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 27 at 02:07 PM • permalink

  8. Andrew Wilkie, the brave ONA analyst who resigned on the eve of the Iraq war over the weapons of mass destruction that he knew never existed.

    Never? Is Phat Phil one of those conspiracy theory nutjobs that believe the CIA gassed the Kurds just to make Saddam look bad?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 02 27 at 02:08 PM • permalink

  9. Adams spends much of his time these days revising history.

    Posted by chrisgo on 2007 02 27 at 03:29 PM • permalink

  10. Catching the first line of the quote from the corner of my eye, I had to double take cause it appeared to say -

    “Andrew Wilkie, the brave onanist who resigned…..”

    Posted by cwxyzallen on 2007 02 27 at 03:36 PM • permalink

  11. I can’t figure out who has the worse case of ADD, Adams or the buffoon “fact checkers” who supposedly edit his crap. These people are beyond pathetic; they’re dangerous liars who could help get millions of people killed.

    Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2007 02 27 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  12. Many of our public commentators have taken the climate change/ Kyoto dogma in its entirety, without recourse to their critical faculties. They will also take the WMD story and use it to weaken resolve in dealings with Iran.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 02 27 at 04:40 PM • permalink

  13. Not now, he can’t.

    Something for which all right-minded people are intensely grateful.

    Adams is a precious old sneerer, isn’t he?  You can practically see the contempt for… well, everything, oozing out of his sentences.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 27 at 04:41 PM • permalink

  14. philadamosity
    noun

    Boastful self-importance with a propensity for historical revisionism.


    philadamosite

    noun

    A reader of the work of Philip Adams, an Australian writer of fiction. Whilst existing in theory, members of this group have proven notoriously difficult to locate.

    Posted by CO² max on 2007 02 27 at 04:49 PM • permalink

  15. #11 The editors don’t edit Adams very closely at all.  The purpose of phAdams in The Australian is to demonstrate what complete and utter tossers crusty old commies are/were/alwayshasbeen. 

    Any editing would only interfere with that process.

    Posted by entropy on 2007 02 27 at 04:57 PM • permalink

  16. Should I assume that a “philadamosite” refers to a reader of his work that doesn’t burst out in fits of laughter?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 02 27 at 04:57 PM • permalink

  17. Followers=Philadamites?
    McKew v Magoo! Not since I cooked up Cheryl Kernot’s switch to Labor (for which Gareth Evans took all the credit) has there been such a fuss.
    As I recall, Gareth took more than the credit.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 02 27 at 05:14 PM • permalink

  18. OT But those financial gurus at webdiary are letting us know that they successfully predicted a fall in the sharemarket would happen some time or other.

    Anyone in financial industries can rest assured thay I will pass on further expert tips right here as they come to hand.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 27 at 05:46 PM • permalink

  19. O/T Stop press:

    Webdiary financial gurus confirm that the Australian Stock Market could go down or it might not.

    Stay watching the screens.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 27 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  20. #19 Margos Maid, the media has cranked up the hyperboliser.  So far this morning the favourites are; free-fall, meltdown, plummet.  I’ve yet to hear “quagmire”.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 27 at 05:57 PM • permalink

  21. Not now, he can’t.

    He’s mustard-gas neutral.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 27 at 05:58 PM • permalink

  22. “We have now commenced the process of destroying approximately 50 litres of mustard gas declared by Iraq that was being
    kept under UNMOVIC seal at the Muthanna site. One-third of the quantity has already been destroyed. The laboratory
    quantity of thiodiglycol, a mustard gas precursor, which we found at another site, has also been destroyed.”—Hans Blix, Feb 14, 2003

    WMD did exist.

    Now, phuck off, Phatty.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 02 27 at 05:59 PM • permalink

  23. OT, but Canberra has hail drifts a meter deep. In the middle of summer. Unbelievable.

    Posted by phil_b on 2007 02 27 at 06:07 PM • permalink

  24. #19

    It is not surprising that when people want financial advice they contact Margo’s financial adviser and GM of award winning website, webdiary. This is what he has to say

    Over the last few years, my input to any discussions on “how would we know if this feared big crash is on us” was “when the Dow falls more than 300 in one day”.

    If someone had ever asked me, I would have put the crucial fall-number at 9,000. Let’s see who is right.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 27 at 06:14 PM • permalink

  25. Sorry, Tim, but I saw your other item about a “tubby child” and naturally thought it was about Phillip Adams. And I have it on good authority that Phatty has a rigorous fact-checking procedure: he runs everything past Terry Lane.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2007 02 27 at 06:15 PM • permalink

  26. #19#20

    On the Sydney Futures Exchange at 0717 AEDT, the March share price index contract was down 176 points at 5822.

    That’s a fall of around 3% from 5998. Bad enough but not the end of the world if the futures traders have got it right.

    Posted by CO² max on 2007 02 27 at 06:19 PM • permalink

  27. No question this crisis has melted-down and plummeted into a free-fall quagmire.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 27 at 06:37 PM • permalink

  28. In the days of my youth, a philadamosite.
    But age has brought wisdom. Now I walk in the light.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 02 27 at 07:00 PM • permalink

  29. To philossify: The predictable ranting of a rusted-on leftist who ignores any counterfacts, and habitually misrepresents the truth from an ossified mind. See Fiskery, to pilger.

    Posted by Barrie on 2007 02 27 at 07:11 PM • permalink

  30. I’ve always asked ‘progressives’ I know who were/are opposed to military intervention in Iraq to partly consider the Kurdish angle- they either don’t consider or, more usually, don’t care.

    Posted by north01 on 2007 02 27 at 07:16 PM • permalink

  31. # 23 - actually hail storms are quite common in Australia’s summer period.

    Posted by peter m on 2007 02 27 at 07:38 PM • permalink

  32. From that same article:

    Far and away the two most famous personalities in South Australia are Alexander Downer and Humphrey B. Bear. You will have noticed that Humphrey bears a remarkable physical similarity to Alexander…

    That’s pretty rich coming from an obese guy with a beard.

    Posted by Hanyu on 2007 02 27 at 07:42 PM • permalink

  33. Adams schmadams - look at the ASX - I’m ruined!

    Posted by Pig Head Sucker on 2007 02 27 at 07:58 PM • permalink

  34. #22 “We have now commenced the process of destroying approximately 50 litres of mustard gas declared by Iraq that was being
    kept under UNMOVIC seal at the Muthanna site.

    But that was only “trace” amounts, Dave, the New York Times said so.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 27 at 08:01 PM • permalink

  35. Apologies for further O/T but webdiary financial analysts say the plummeting and free-falling meltdown has been caused by over deregulation, and profit seeking just like the 1930s depression. Will we never learn from history?

    More as it comes to hand.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 27 at 08:18 PM • permalink

  36. O/T - Flying pig moment on the Today Show.

    Kerri-Ann Kennerley was a guest and had the following to say (I quote from memory and I do drink far and above the medically recommended amounts): “All the people in Australia and the US can switch of all the lights they want and drive hybrids and it will make no difference until China and India are forced to do something”

    She also took a pot shot at Al Gore about his household elec. consumption and said it was perfectly natural that business should be discussing nuclear power with the PM.

    An infomercial spruiking, cabaret singer is infinitely more sensible than anyone else on TV. Strange days indeed.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 02 27 at 08:19 PM • permalink

  37. #32 But Humphrey says much more meaningful things than Chairman Kow-tow the Ruddite

    Posted by curious george on 2007 02 27 at 08:20 PM • permalink

  38. Amercian Senator Carl Levin…Warhawk, of course if his suggesttion is acted on…It’s Bushes fault…

    “I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria.”
                      — Sen. Levin

    Go Carl

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 02 27 at 08:22 PM • permalink

  39. #20 - Bet you won’t hear “widely anticipated market correction”.

    Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 02 27 at 08:22 PM • permalink

  40. #35

    Could you please get an urgent message to the oracles down there. Should we sell or should we hold? The world needs to know!

    Posted by CO² max on 2007 02 27 at 08:22 PM • permalink

  41. I don’t normally like to take credit for things but I, Phillip I. Adams, was the person who stopped Napolean and Hitler at the walls of Moscow by simply jamming my butt in the city gates, it was I who discovered penicillin one night when I went to the kitchen for a midnight snack and all I could find was some mouldy bread (which I ate) and I was the person who kicked off Live Aid when I visited Ethiopia seeking Egyptian artefacts. If it wasn’t for me there would have been no famine. I can also reveal that the 1969 moon landing was an American propaganda stunt and that in fact
    it was my advertisning company that took the Americans’ money to make the film. The lunar landscape is not the moon at all but my enormous spotty arse, which look particular rough after months of punishment on hard wooden restaurant chairs. Must say I did not like Armstrong driving that flag pole into my coit but I am willing to do anything for a price. It left a physical scar, which fortunately on my proctologist can see and even then he has to use a telescope. It also left a psychological scar that means I can only eat and drink with my left hand and now I have a severe repetitive strain injury in that arm.

    Posted by Contrail on 2007 02 27 at 08:25 PM • permalink

  42. Four days, OZ (well three for you, I guess) and it’s lights out.

    We’ll see if our satellite guys can snap a pic, for you.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 02 27 at 08:29 PM • permalink

  43. No one sell their shares of PACO! They’re still, and will always be, the Perfectly Acceptable Corrections Opportunity. At PACO, we buy low and sell high. So simple, even a Margo knows it!

    Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 27 at 08:51 PM • permalink

  44. #40

    Sell and use the money to set up a hyroponic system - you get a better return.

    Posted by Pig Head Sucker on 2007 02 27 at 08:53 PM • permalink

  45. #33, #39, I can’t even log on to my two favourite online trading websites to start panic-selling.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 27 at 09:00 PM • permalink

  46. #43

    Unfortunately my application for PACO shares in the IPO was unsuccessful. If my memory serves the float was known as the Public And Corporate Offering.

    Posted by CO² max on 2007 02 27 at 09:02 PM • permalink

  47. The following matrix may be helpful in conducting market analysis:

    Market surge + Right in charge = capitalism distributes its rewards “unfairly”

    Market decline + Right in charge = JK Galbraith was correct

    Market surge + Left in charge = JK Galbraith was correct

    Market decline + Left in charge = pay no attention to the market which is merely a tool of the Bourgeoisie exploiter class

    Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2007 02 27 at 09:50 PM • permalink

  48. Margos Maid - Given Web Dreary’s eerily accurate predictions on the Stock Market, can you tell me - is Web Dreary a Virgo or Capricorn?  Also, will Web Dreary help cure my hemorrhoids?

    Curious minds want to know.

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2007 02 27 at 10:33 PM • permalink

  49. Yes and no SCD.

    Webdiary financial analysts are also saying it is a matter of time before ridiculous NSW Liberal opposition leader Peter Debnam blames the Premier of NSW for the fall in the Dow Jones. This is particularly ironic when it is actually the fault of PM John Howard from the Howard Government.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 27 at 10:41 PM • permalink

  50. No matter what your politics, there’s only one sure-fire way to make money on the markets during a downturn—the Profitable Analysis Crash Optimiser. PACO™ will allow you to dump dogs, like IBM, and instead make money in the bold and italic markets. At PACO™, you are our market type.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 27 at 11:35 PM • permalink

  51. Adams is irrelevant, why bother with his wind and piss ramblings.

    Posted by Howzat on 2007 02 28 at 02:01 AM • permalink

  52. Here’s an ‘inconvenient truth’.  Many peaceniks, like Wilkie, were pleased to add to their arguments against the Iraq War their fear that Saddam would use WMD.

    Suddenly they knew all along there weren’t any.  Retrospective convenience.

    Posted by Inurbanus on 2007 02 28 at 02:38 AM • permalink

  53. If Adams suggested it was Monday 5:32, I’d be checking the clock and calendar. As far as Phil’s concerned, the historical events are merely one person’s framing of the debate, and another person’s freedom fighter. Phuqwit.

    Posted by CB on 2007 02 28 at 04:56 AM • permalink

  54. #12, good point. I’m not seeing much of the much-vaunted scepticism these days about anything except anything to do with America or Israel and much of that is pathological.

    I still check into the odd ‘left-type” site occasionally - wouldn’t want to miss anything. I find the venom causes me to tire quickly though.

    Posted by carpefraise on 2007 02 28 at 09:43 AM • permalink

  55. Many peaceniks, like Wilkie, were pleased to add to their arguments against the Iraq War their fear that Saddam would use WMD.

    I’m reminded of anti-waristas yelling for Dubya and (previously) Rumsfeld’s heads for not sending more troops into Iraq when they’d be the first out on the streets with the ANSWER-sponsored placards if GWB actually decided “you know, you’re right, this job really takes another 300,000 soldiers” tomorrow.

    Posted by PW on 2007 02 28 at 07:58 PM • permalink

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