Just Above Sunset
April 4, 2004 - On getting your enemies but good....
Of note Tuesday, Paul Krugman
in the Times pulled together a lot of threads that have been a bit troubling.
In the play Lady Macbeth tells her husband not to worry – just get some sleep, because “sleep knits up
the raveled sleeve of care.” Well these loose threads will still be loose
after any number of naps. And when awake, one notices such things.
Last week an opinion piece in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz about the killing of
Sheik Ahmed Yassin said, "This isn't America; the government did not invent intelligence material nor exaggerate
the description of the threat to justify their attack."
Now that is funny! And this is our ally. The implication
is the game is over. The whole world is onto us - as in the title of the 1947
Sartre play, Les Jeux Son Fait.
Yeah. That helps. Who knows?
Spain may be on the other side after all?
Some journalists seem, finally, to have caught on. Last
week an Associated Press news analysis noted that such personal attacks were "standard operating procedure" for this administration
and cited "a behind-the-scenes campaign to discredit Richard Foster," the Medicare actuary who revealed how the administration
had deceived Congress about the cost of its prescription drug bill.
Yes, I see today all over
the net the rumblings are out there that Clarke is secretly a homosexual. Well,
Bob Novak and Ann Coulter have already started the campaign to call him a racist who hates black folks, particularly black
women. (See last week’s March 28, 2004: Public Relations and Political Gain - Getting the Tone Right for that.)
U.S. officials told NBC News that the full record of Clarke’s testimony two years ago would not be declassified. They said that at the request of the White House, however, the CIA was going through the transcript to see what could be declassified, with an eye toward pointing out contradictions.
Yeah, cut and paste
is much more fair. Skip the silly context, rearrange the sequence and shuffle
the words. Pretty blatant, but folks will love it. It’s what this gay racist queen deserves? Maybe so.
… A few examples: according to The Hill, Republican lawmakers threatened to cut off funds for the General Accounting Office unless it dropped its lawsuit against Dick Cheney. The Washington Post says Representative Michael Oxley told lobbyists that "a Congressional probe might ease if it replaced its Democratic lobbyist with a Republican." Tom DeLay used the Homeland Security Department to track down Democrats trying to prevent redistricting in Texas. And Medicare is spending millions of dollars on misleading ads for the new drug benefit — ads that look like news reports and also serve as commercials for the Bush campaign.
Yeah, yeah. That’s politics. Terrorism is more important.
On the terrorism front, here's one story that deserves special mention. One of the few successful post-9/11 terror prosecutions — a case in Detroit — seems to be unraveling. The government withheld information from the defense, and witnesses unfavorable to the prosecution were deported (by accident, the government says). After the former lead prosecutor complained about the Justice Department's handling of the case, he suddenly found himself facing an internal investigation — and someone leaked the fact that he was under investigation to the press.
Hey, you don’t mess
with John Ashcroft. John Ashcroft says his only king is Jesus. The two of them make a team you don’t want to pick a fight with.
But Condoleezza Rice will finally testify to the 9-11 Commission this week.
So the smears will end. Just let every talk about what they knew and did on the 9-11 matters.
This weekend Rich Bond, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, raised things up a notch with comments in Newsday:
"The woman oozes expertise and sincerity," said former Republican National chairman Rich Bond. "I'm glad the White House came around to allow her to say publicly what she's already told the commission privately. The old adage is, 'Get it out, get it out, get it out.' If the Democrats want to slap around an African American woman, let them try."
Oh, I get it. Question what Rice says about what she did or didn’t do and you’re a racist misogynist. Got it.
And anyway, Bond knows it’s all image, not substance – Rice’s testimony will turn things around:
"I think Condi Rice on her worst day is worth ten of Richard Clarke on his best day," Bond said. "The imagery of George Bush standing on the rubble of 9/11 overrides anything Clarke can say."
Yeah, don’t let facts get in the way.
John Dean does have a point.
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