Meanwhile, In the ‘Logical Interpretations’ Department

But is it true? Hell no, it isn’t even close to truth, but it doesn’t matter. It has been said and will be said again. And after that, guess what? It will be said again until, right slam-bang up against the election it’ll be rung out across the nation as a truth. A bell tolls a lie as beautifully as it rings the truth.


Fasten your seatbelt, baby, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Peter Baker and Jim VandeHei wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday: (italics mine)

Bush and his surrogates are launching a new campaign intended to
rebuild support for the war in Iraq by accusing the opposition of
aiming to appease terrorists and cut off funding for troops on the battlefield. . . .

"Bush suggested last week that Democrats are promising voters to block additional money for continuing the war. Vice President Cheney this week said critics ‘claim retreat from Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to leave us alone.’ And Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, citing passivity toward Nazi Germany before World War II, said that ‘many have still not learned history’s lessons’ and ‘believe that somehow vicious extremists can be appeased.’

"Pressed to support these allegations, the White House yesterday
could cite no major Democrat who has proposed cutting off funds or
suggested that withdrawing from Iraq would persuade terrorists to leave
Americans alone. But White House and Republican officials said those
are logical interpretations of the most common Democratic position favoring a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq."

So, the bad guys, those immoral and rascally Democrats are terrorist appeasers. Not only that, they’re going to cut off funds for troops on the battlefield.
Right out there in the middle of a sandstorm, with bullets whizzing and
car-bombs blowing, when those troops look around them for funding,
the funding-gun will be out of bullets. Unloaded by Democrats. Sounds
like a logical interpretation for the Bush gang–maybe even a Rove

But is it true? Hell no, it isn’t even close to truth, but it doesn’t matter. It has been said and will be said again. And after that, guess what? It will be said again until, right slam-bang up against the election it’ll be rung out across the nation as a truth. A bell tolls a lie as beautifully as it rings the truth.

Elsewhere, Thomas M. DeFrank writes in the New York Daily News:

Bush and the Republicans expect a stinging defeat in November, but
they’re betting the terror card saves them from an electoral debacle.

"’The security issue trumps everything,’ a senior Bush official said last week. ‘That’s why even though they’re really mad at us, in the end they’re going to give us another two years.’

"Nevertheless, many other senior Bush loyalists privately believe
anti-Iraq and anti-Bush sentiment will cost the Republicans the House
nine weeks from today, a doomsday scenario that would cripple Bush for
his final two years in office.

"’We’ll lose the House,’ one of the party’s most prominent officials flatly predicted, ‘and the President will be dead in the water for two years.’"

Terror is a big seller among the Bush crowd, their hottest product,
running just a tad behind fear. Cheney comes right out and says it,
with the same firm candor and accuracy as when he said that terrorists
were in their last throes.

Maybe it’s their next to last throe, but Democrats if you give them half a chance will be out there satisfying the appetite of terrorists.
Rummy lectures that many have not learned from Neville Chamberlain the
brutal lesson that he learned by shaking Saddam Hussein’s hand and
sending him armaments. “Who knew?” says Rummy and besides the particular many he’s talking about are all Democrats.

Stuff happens.

Those investigations will go way beyond dead in the water.
Dead in the water suggests motionlessness and flapping sails. If
Democrats turn the House and/or Senate, the surf will be up. The waves
are going to roll right up against prison walls. Prior to Bush, the
Reagan administration set the current record for high officials being
sent off to the slammer.

By the time Ron and Nancy limped home to Santa Barbara, 138 Reagan
administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had
been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct
and/or criminal violations.  A merely partial list includes

  • Lyn Nofziger–Convicted on charges of illegal lobbying of the White House.
  • Mike Deaver, three years’ probation, fined one hundred thousand
    dollars, convicted for lying to a congressional subcommittee and a
    federal grand jury.
  • James Watt, Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 41 felony
    counts for using connections at the Department of Housing and Urban
    Development, five years in prison.
  • Ed Meese, resigned as Reagan’s Attorney General after having been
    the subject of investigations by the United States Office of the
    Independent Counsel.
  • Casper Weinberger, Secretary of Defense during Iran-Contra.
    Vice-President George Bush pardoned Weinberger to keep him from going
    to trial.

Would Dick Cheney possibly pardon Don Rumsfeld to keep him from testifying?

  • Elliott Abrams, sentenced in 1991 to two years probation and 100 hours of community service, pardoned by President George Bush.
  • Bob McFarlane, Reagan’s National Security Advisor, pled guilty to
    four misdemeanors and was sentenced to two years probation and 200
    hours of community service, fined $20,000.  Pardoned by President
    George Bush.
  • Oliver North (my personal favorite), convicted of falsifying and
    destroying documents, accepting an illegal gratuity, and aiding and
    abetting the obstruction of Congress.  Conviction overturned on appeal
    due to legal technicalities
  • John Poindexter, Reagan’s national security advisor, guilty of five
    criminal counts involving conspiracy to mislead Congress, obstructing
    congressional inquiries, lying to lawmakers, used "high national
    security" to mask deceit and wrong-doing.

Oooohh, that one sounds familiar.

  • Richard Secord pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to Congress over Iran-Contra.
  • Alan D. Fiers, Chief of the CIA’s Central American Task Force, received a blanket pardon for his crimes from President Bush.
  • Clair George, Chief of the CIA’s Division of Covert Operations,
    received a blanket pardon for his crimes from President George Bush.
  • Duane R. (Dewey) Clarridge, head of the CIA’s Western European Division, received a blanket from President George Bush.

One thing about Bush-the-father, he’d been head of the CIA and was loyal to the core,
if not to his country then certainly to the agency. The man pardoned
lots and lots of blankets. And Rumsfeld is prescient when he worries
about those appeasers winning in November.

Stuff happens-it’s a logical interpretation.

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