The Daily Sandwich

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

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Condi, Laura. Laura, Condi.

When Keith Olbermann launches one of his broadsides at a mendacious (or rock-stupid) member of this administration, it's always a thing of beauty. Journalists should be outraged when they witness people at the highest levels of our government doing this stuff. Instead of just passing it on to us unchallenged, that is.

That was the case with Condi Rice's appearance on Fox, but the O-Man's response-- even though it doesn't include any information a high school student shouldn't know-- sounds like an incredible act of bravery these days. But it still doesn't seem to make much of an impression on most people when the Secretary of State either doesn't know a thing about World War II, or is lying to the public.

On the Sunday Morning Interview Show of Broken-Record on Fox, Dr. Rice spoke a paragraph, which if it had been included in a remedial history paper at the weakest high school in the nation, would've gotten the writer an "F" - maybe an expulsion.

If Congress were now to revise the Iraq authorization, she said, out loud, with an adult present, "…It would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler was overthrown, we needed to change then, the resolution that allowed the United States to do that, so that we could deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown." . . .

Invoking the German dictator who subjugated Europe; who tried to exterminate the Jews; who sought to overtake the world — is not just in the poorest of taste but in its hyperbole, it insults not merely the victims of the Third Reich, but those in this country who fought it. And defeated it. . . .

We already have blissful ignorance by our Secretary of State about how this country got into the war against Hitler.

But then there's this part about changing "the resolution" about Iraq, that it would be as ridiculous in the Secretary's eyes, as saying that after Hitler was defeated, we needed to go back to Congress to "deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."

Oh, good grief, Secretary Rice, that's exactly what we did do!

We went back to Congress to deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after Hitler was overthrown!

It was called the Marshall Plan.

Worth reading in its entirety. And watching the video-- all of which you'll find right here.

Then there's Laura Bush's Stepfordian assertion that Iraq is all just fine, except for those Nosey Nellies who make her husband look bad.

Tonight on Larry King Live, First Lady Laura Bush said she understands “how the American people feel” when they express frustration over Iraq, but insisted that “to leave now would be a serious mistake.” She said of Iraqis, “This is their opportunity to seize the moment, to build a really good and stable country.”

The reality? 185 attacks every day. As of last November.