"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, February 10, 2006

Under fire for eavesdropping on Americans

"'Under fire for eavesdropping on Americans, President Bush said...'" what an unbiased way of starting a news story. Good work, Deb.

Commenting on Bush's speech, which is the subject of the story, "Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Bush's speech failed to lay out a comprehensive strategy to fight terrorists. '"As is too often the case with this president, the rhetoric does not match the reality," Reid said. "The fact is this White House has committed a series of national security mistakes that have made America less secure."' What's the trouble with Harry?

Meanwhile, "President Bush, under pressure from Congress, defended his campaign against terrorism yesterday," which, several U.S. intelligence officials, that spoke on condition of anonymity because they didn't want to publicly criticize the White House, played down the relative importance of the alleged plot and attributed the timing of Bush's speech to politics."'

Hunh? Wha? You learn something new everyday; if you don't reveal your name, whatever you say isn't public. Good to know. The president needs to remember this so that he doesn't need to continue insisting on keeping the NSA secret stuff, secret. Just don't tell'em who you are Georgie boy and it won't be "public."

Hhmmmm....anonymously, non-public intelligence officials attributed this speech to...politics....hhmmmmm...reaction to "pressure from Congress," is politics, hunh? Hhmmmmm,...very interesting. Good to know.

'"Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (W.Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, mocked the idea of raising the alleged Library Tower plot. "Maybe they're tired of talking about [the] Brooklyn Bridge and they're trying to find a different edifice of some sort," he said, referring to another alleged terrorist plot that some have said was inflated by the government.'" As they'll get tired of every other one that gets put down, right Sen. John D. "I've got a letter" Rockefeller?

Homework assignment: intelligence, anonymous, public and unbiased.


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