Sunday, November 27, 2005

Your morning dose of Rich

To Live and Shave in LA (great blog name, eh?) has reprinted NY Times' Frank Rich's Op Ed piece, Dishonest, Reprehensible, Corrupt . . . It's behind the NY Times Select firewall, which I won't pay for (Judy Miller) on general principle (Judy Miller). Rich does his usual fine job summarizing the Administration's falsehoods vis a vis the run up to war. To someone who has been following the news, there's no new material here. Yet the punch line, delivered in the last two paragraphs, warrants emphasis. Quick snip: "No debate about the past, of course, can undo the mess that the administration made in Iraq. But the past remains important because it is a road map to both the present and the future. Leaders who dissembled then are still doing so. [My emphasis -- D.] Indeed, they do so even in the same speeches in which they vehemently deny having misled us then - witness Mr. Bush's false claims about what prewar intelligence was seen by Congress and Mr. Cheney's effort last Monday to again conflate the terrorists of 9/11 with those "making a stand in Iraq." . . . . These days Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney routinely exaggerate the readiness of Iraqi troops, much as they once inflated Saddam's W.M.D.'s." Did Cheney really think he could say, "We're not going to sit by and let them rewrite history" and not expect it to get thrown back into his face? Those who forget history . . . On that last note, Rich offers up an interesting tidbit (which was news to me): As Scott Shane reported in The New York Times last month, Vietnam documents are now off limits, too: the National Security Agency won't make public a 2001 historical report on how American officials distorted intelligence in 1964 about the Gulf of Tonkin incident for fear it might "prompt uncomfortable comparisons" between the games White Houses played then and now to gin up wars. It wasn't that long ago that the victor had free rein to write its own history. Bush and Cheney think that rule still applies; but this is the Information Age, and history will not be written, rewritten, edited, or fabricated by the hands of a few dishonest men. More from me later, droogs. D. Technorati tags: , ,


Blogger Beth said...

Did you just call me a droog?

11/27/2005 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Kate R said...

aw doug the big picture looks cruddy and the smaller ones are almost worse. I'm ready to dig a hole climb in and call it quits for a while.

Your pal jurassicpork has a report on the fun past-time of blasting civilians and here's a link to another video of brave troops taking out a sleeping dog. pleh.

11/27/2005 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Yeah, Beth, you're one of my droogs. Come round some night for a bit of the ultraviolence.

Kate, I have to believe the wheel is turning and it will all . . . be . . . better . . . soon. Right?

11/27/2005 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger Pat Kirby said...

>Kate, I have to believe the wheel is turning and it will all . . . be . . . better . . . soon. Right?

Ya think? I don't even do much political blogging nowadays because I'm so disheartened by [most of] my fellow Americans. Seems like Bush could perform an abortion, fry up the fetus and his supporters would whing that the baby wasn't really a baby but rather a ploy by the "liberuhl" media.

One can hope the tide is turning, though. The midterm elections will be the real test.

word verification: "godbaf" Hee.

11/28/2005 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Reminds me of a line from my NiP. Baby Nextush is my Dubya character (think cross between Baby Doc Duvalier, Bush, and Nixon). They're birds, by the way.

“If Baby Nextush dropped fertile eggs from the spire of the Timbrel Cathedral, the masses would rave about his talent for abstract art.”

11/28/2005 08:11:00 AM  

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