Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I know a worse one

BushCo excels at the irrelevant defense.

Responding to the recently leaked intelligence assessment that reportedly concludes that our activities in Iraq has increased the ranks of those determined to attack the U.S., the president said, "We weren't in Iraq when we got attacked on September the 11th. We weren't in Iraq and thousands of fighters were trained in terror camps inside [Afghanistan]. We weren't in Iraq when they first attacked the World Trade Center in 1993."

All those things are true. Well, we WERE in Iraq in 1991, when terrorists were no doubt already being trained in Afghanistan, but let's just for the sake of argument say that he speaks the truth. An irrelevent truth, but the truth.

See, because no is disputing that Al-Qaida existed before we invaded Iraq. It's absolutely not on the table for discussion.

What IS on the table, is whether the ranks, the number of members of Al-Qaida have increased as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. And Bush of course avoids addressing that question.

The administration spin on this appears to be that the report was leaked in order to "to create confusion in the minds of the American people" prior to the November mid-term elections. Bush elaborates in a typically cringe-inducing manner that "It will stop all the speculation, all the politics about somebody saying something about Iraq -- you know, somebody trying to confuse the American people about the nature of this enemy."

You know, I'm sure there's something really Freudian about how Bush, when speaking off the cuff, often goes on about how enemies are trying to confuse the American people. But is it because he himself is confused, or because BushCo itself attempts to confuse Americans about the facts in order to further their agenda? I guess both.

Bush has promised to declassify part of the leaked intelligence report in order to demonstate that its conclusions are not what they have been described to be. I think we can safely assume that any parts of that report that reflect badly on BushCo will remain classified, eh?

Expressing regret that he will have to declassify the report in order to un-confuse Americans, Bush stated "I think it's a bad habit for our government to declassify every time there is a leak."

A bad habit.


Grant Miller said...

You mention Freud - A huge reason we're there is because he wanted to show up his dad. But perhaps that's more Shakepearian than Freudian.

Skylers Dad said...

When the information becomes declassified, it will be either very pro Bushco agenda, or the type of report you see every now and then with all but 2 or 3 lines of it blacked out.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Grant: I think the neocons definitely manipulated 43's feelings of rivalry with 41. Apparently that wasn't too difficult. Remember the time that reporter asked if he took advice from his father, and he said he took advice from a "higher father"? Helloooooooooo, Freud!

I wonder if Bush has any inkling how transparent he is in that regard?

SkyDad: I understand they've released a very small section. Nancy Pelosi asked for a closed door session of the House to review the entire report, but was voted down by the Repubs.