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March 13, 2004

Mirror, Mirror

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Has anyone else noticed the strange tendency on the Left these days to blame people for the Left's mistaken before-hand impressions?

Example:

Left: Iraq is not an imminent threat; we cannot attack them.
President Bush: It will be too late to attack Iraq if we wait until the threat is imminent.
[time delay]
Left: Bush LIED: he claimed the threat was imminent!

OK, that's an easy one, but I'm seeing these more and more lately. Such as:

Left: Terrorism isn't a war issue; it's a law enforcement issue.
President Clinton (before he left office; he has commendably changed his statements since 9/11): Terrorism isn't a war issue; it's a law enforcement issue.
President Bush (before 9/11): Terrorism may be a law enforcement issue, and that is how we're treating it for now, but we have to see if that's the right way to approach the issue.
[time delay, during which is 9/11]
President Bush: Well, it's clearly a war issue now.
Left: Bush LIED: he claimed terrorism was a law enforcement issue, and now he's treating it as a war!

There are many more. The phenomenon is interesting; especially because the press in general does not call people on this kind of illogic.


Comments

My favorite current example to add to yours:

Left: Bush is treating terrorism as a war issue now, and that's bad. It should go back to being a law enforcement issue. (Kerry) Bush was wrong not to treat it as a war issue immediately upon inauguration. (Clarke - the Dick, not the General)

Posted by: Brian on March 25, 2004 04:39 PM
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Posted by jeff at March 13, 2004 12:00 AM

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