“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
― Milton Friedman

“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Monday, February 12, 2007

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be

Last Thursday, TOC engaged in a little instant nostalgia via an 2004 OpEd regarding Joe Wilson's lies about uranium, Niger and Saddam. This demonstrated that, once adopted by the MSM, certain Leftists tropes become the basis for "the story" and cannot be displaced despite overwhelming contrary evidence. "Joe Wilson lied" is the reality. "Bush lied" is the story.

In a similar vein, the Washington Post thoroughly embarrassed itself last week. In its eagerness to see conspiracy in the Bush administration, the Post confused Senator Carl Levin's polemics with a report from the Pentagon inspector general. Byron York sums it up here: Oops [Byron York].

Fact checking normally would include correctly attributing a source, don't you think? The Post's retraction is merely a more sophisticated version of Dan Rather's "Fake, but accurate." defense.

CNN weighs in with a report that the Democrats find it expedient to blame Doug Feith for being right. Powerline comments:

What will be lost in news accounts of the IG report and Levin's fulminations is that Feith's group was right. We know now that there were many connections between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda, and that Islamic groups of various stripes, including those labeled "secular" by the CIA, are entirely capable of collaborating against their common enemies.

The Pentagon inspector general conflates CIA's intelligence failures with manipulation of pre-war intelligence. In so doing, he is able to ignore historical fact and the report of the Senate committee on Select Intelligence as Power Line: A Trip Down Memory Lane

The current flap over the Pentagon Inspector General's report on Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans has embarrassed the Associated Press, the Washington Post and, if he has any shame, the Inspector General. The controversy does have the merit, though, of raising once again the issue of the relationship between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda and other terrorists.

The Inspector General said it was "inappropriate" for Feith's group to question the wisdom of the CIA's dogma that Saddam Hussein, a "secularist," would never cooperate with bin Laden or other Islamic terrorists. There was a time, though, when the likelihood of such collaboration was widely reported and understood.

Here's the history they're trying to rewrite this week Courtesy of Power Line Video

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