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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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Monday, June 19, 2006

Re-writing the "successful" war.

One of the GOPs most successful tactics over the last decade has been historical revisionism. And one of the great things about blogs is that they catch the press asleep on the job as soon as it happens. Now, as the situation in Afghanistan declines, the administration is at it again.

Bush, September, 2004:

And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence. And the people of Afghanistan are now free. (Applause.) In other words when you say something as President you better make it clear so everybody understands what you’re saying, and you better mean what you say.

Tony Snow, June, 2006:

I think what the Taliban is doing — and it’s predictable — is that they are trying to test in the south, where the U.S. forces are handing over to NATO…But A, it’s predictable, and B, in the encounters, as you know, the Taliban fighters have overwhelmingly been losing. Now, I think it is predictable…you can expect there to be pushback by the Taliban.