Monday, May 16, 2005

"People have lost their lives"

What parallel universe is the White House living in?

The White House is demanding an apology over Newsweek’s Koran abuse story.

These statements alone are worth gold:
"It's puzzling. While Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refuse to retract the story," said presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. "I think there's a certain journalistic standard that should be met. In this instance it was not.
"This was a report based on a single anonymous source that could not substantiate the allegation that was made," McClellan added. "The report has had serious consequences. People have lost their lives. The image of the United States abroad has been damaged. I just find it puzzling." (emphasis added)

Where has McClellan been?

Doesn’t he know that the image of the United States was tarnished long before Newsweek flubbed up? Does he think that these Muslims are rioting over Newsweek’s story alone?

Abu Ghraib helped polish our image quite a bit didn’t it? Hmmm, who was poo-pooing the reporting on that?

Maybe invading Iraq over mythical WMD’s has something to do with that image, but what the hell do I know? Maybe it was the switch to ‘liberating the Iraqi people’ that did the trick. Wait, isn’t that flip flopping?

Why is Condoleezza Rice asking that terror stats be removed from the Patterns of Global Terrorism removed from that report before going public? Maybe because attacks are up by about 380%? Bush himself justified this increase in his rare press conference by saying that when you engage the enemy, attacks will increase.
Um..yeah, that’s exactly what’s happening.

Now, Condi points the finger at Syria.

Hey Condi, WE are the ones that invaded Iraq, WE are the ones that dismantled any and all of their security forces, WE are the ones that have plunged that country into anarchy and chaos, not the Syrians. WE are the ones that invaded a sovereign nation that did not provoke us, all while claiming the had weapons of mass destruction.

The audacity and cognitive disconnect of this administration is just unbelievable. That so many people buy into it and defend it is just as unbelievable.

Blame it on Clinton, it's all his fault anyway.

4 Opinions:

Blogger Vestal Vespa speaks!

This is all an attempt to clutter the allegations of abuse in general under a cloud of reasonable doubt. This is what Rove does best. Even if something is true, he casts that magical doubt over it to make it possibly untrue. Or, he does the reverse- hence, Swift Boat twits and claiming that McCain had an illegitimate black baby.

By the way, here's a link to my online copy of the column . . . I'm thinking that my next one might be on the more "bohemian" businesses that are coming to my hometown (a vegan preschool, bikram yoga, etc.)

3:39 PM  
Blogger Recidivist speaks!

Hey .. we like you do politics ;)

5:44 PM  
Blogger The Liberal Avenger speaks!

Wow - I feel like I could have written your post - although you did a much better job.

Take a look at dadahead, too, if you get a chance.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Dr. C speaks!

You gto to be impressed with the quality of what is hitting the fan in the last few days: Newsweek, Galloway, Kansas.....
The nuclear option vote should be the big one. I can't wait!

5:34 PM  

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