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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

How to doctor facts like a moron... errr, pro.

OD1 pointed me in the direction of this excellent WaPo article. You'd think that if the 20th century taught us anything, it's the veracity of Mark Twain's assertion that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth even gets its pants on-- but the truth always catches up. The Soviet Union, the PRC, the US in Vietnam, the Third Reich, Imperial Japan.... in every case, a long history of lies and propaganda finally fell apart to expose high-level corruption and amorality.

So why can't the Bush administration learn to try the truth for once instead of repeating the same old errors?

For Bush, Bartlett emphasized, the public rhetoric matches the private conviction that his strategy will succeed. But it also leaves Bush in the difficult position of balancing confidence and credibility. The more optimism Bush expresses, the more criticism he draws from Congress and commentators that he is not facing the reality of a tenacious insurgency that, according to U.S. military commanders, remains as potent today as six months ago.

I always like to see pieces that can help me look into the minds of those who actually support these bozos. Highly recommended.