Sunday, November 16, 2003

More Revisionism
It is amazing how hard it is to have a rational discussion when people just put words in your mouth, rewrite hsitory, and generally tell lies. Austin Bay has a great summary of the myriad lies that the mainstream press has adopted as conventional wisdom. If you want more, Andrew Sullivan has been fantastic. Just browse around. Here's Bay:

Unilateral? The United States had spent 12 years providing the spine behind U.N. Security Council Resolution 687. [...]
Then came the "rush to war" hokum, a charge utterly ignoring the long war with Saddam that began Aug. 2, 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait. In retrospect, the U.S. reaction to Saddam's provocations in 1994 and 1996 was slow and inadequate. [...]
Once Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off, the defeatist cant became "quagmire." ... Of course, CENTCOM pulled off one of the most successful military offensives in history. [...]
Pundits dub the next tripe theme "The Imminent Lie." ... Actually, in his 2003 State of the Union address, Mr. Bush said just the opposite, that we couldn't wait until the threat was imminent. [...]
However, defeatist poohbahs chant, "No one told us the job would be tough." Malarkey.

That's a whole lot of lying.

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