Saturday, May 21, 2005

Fool Me Twice? 

By now, it should be clear to anyone watching the Bush Administration that the when the White House starts firing over the bow of the working press— in fact, singling out a particular foe in the press, it's indicative of one sure thing. There’s something big to hide. Creating a major distraction is of the essence.

This week’s episode of Three Card Monte is no exception. Remember when the Boston Globe blew the National Guard story open? No, probably not, since when it happened, during the height of the national election campaign, the Administration promptly launched a struggle to the death with, no, not the Boston Globe, but with Dan Rather and the 60 Minutes production team for the use of a dubious memo in a story with the same angle, effectively shutting down discussion about the actual subject— er, the President’s National Guard service (or lack of it).

We’re presently faced with a similar bombshell in the form of the Downing Street Memo. It nails the Administration for ‘fixing’ intelligence to a preordained policy of invading Iraq—in July of 2002! Wow. Incredible. Weren’t we still debating whether to go to war even in February of 2003, still checking under Saddam’s hood for WMD? Or was that all for show?

But wait, let’s not discuss this. There’s a story that the White House is really, really worked up over just now. It’s about whether some soldiers in Guantanamo flushed a copy of the Koran down the toilet. People DIED over this!

No, Scott McClellan can’t even take time to read the Downing Street Memo. So what if it was written by the head of British Intelligence. No reason to either confirm or deny it directly. No matter about the probably 100,000 people's lives or the 170 billion US dollars spent in Iraq. No, some fundamentalists killed fifteen people in, well, somewhere in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and it’s all because of a Newsweek reporter!

Wake up everyone. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…?

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