Ok, ok, ok. The nutball brigade is up in arms again, and the cry, of course, is that everything is biased against them, with the major culprits this time being the media and the 9/11 commission (which, you may recall, is headed by a Republican, containing mostly members hand picked by the Bush administration with a few token Democrats thrown in ... but since they aren't chapter and verse with Dear Leader, they must be biased!). To keep it very simple, let me just lay out two simple facts that have been clearly documented.
1. According to the 9/11 commission, there is no credible evidence of a "collaborative relationship" between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. Not now, not in the past. Certainly nothing having anything to do with the actual 9/11 attack.
2. In the time since 9/11, Bush, Cheney and other Bush administration officials have claimed that there *is* a collaborative relationship between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein (Bush used the word "ally" to link them, Cheney used the word "pretty well confirmed" on reports of the collaborative relationship, just to name a couple of prominent examples).
I'm being careful about using the words "collaborative relationship", because that's a little clearer than "link" or other similar words, and it is a more accurate description of what doesn't exist. Heaven forbid, the New York Times has quoted this report, and they pointed out that it directly contradicts statements made by the Bush administration.
So, what's the response from conservatives, you might ask? Did they come out and write columns saying, "Oh my gosh, we were sure wrong about that. Sorry! I guess we should've been more careful since there's a war involved and everything." Or maybe they said, "We feel dreadful about being misled by our own leaders. We really need to think again about our support for Bush."
Instead, conservatives are coming right out in the fact of this blatant and horrible display of facts and ... blaming the media. Yes, that's right, friends, it's all the fault of the liberal media. You see, Bush never claimed there was any kind of collaborate relationship! Never said it! Nope! And the dratted liberal media is trying to convince people he did!
Hell, Cheney is worse. He came on MSNBC and claimed he never said the collaborative relationship was "pretty well confirmed". Jon Stewart has been just on fire on this and related topics (and he was really funny talking about Clinton's book, too), and Monday's "Daily Show" actually had Cheney's denial spliced in right next to his old interview on "Meet the Press" where he said exactly what he's denying now. Stewart said, "Uh, Mr. Cheney? Your pants are on fire." Later in the show, Stewart made a fool out of a conservative hack who wrote a book linking Hussein and bin Laden based on the long-discredited work of Douglas Feith.
I'm glad I have a DVR now, so I never miss it. I don't have to wait for the clips to come up on the web site. The DVR has been a big hit here (even though we found out it only has 20 hours of memory). We recorded a bunch of movies over the weekend. I saw "The Natural" for the first time (it was ok, not nearly as good as "Bull Durham"), and nearly-15-year-old Justin yesterday saw "The Terminator" for the first time. Justin has seen "T2", but he had never seen the first movie, so I was able to clear up some history for him. He didn't get the time travel stuff very well, but he understands what was going on in T2 a little better.Posted by Observer at June 23, 2004 06:55 AM
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