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March 13, 2004

Mirror, Mirror

Note: this is a post recovered from my old blog, before it died of an insufficient backup. Any comments/trackbacks on it have not been brought over, but can be seen with the original. The date is that of the original posting.


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


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.


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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