"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
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Allies and Hawks; Friend and Foe

Before we get too far a disclaimer to keep in mind:

“Several current and former officials, as well as outside experts, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the intelligence surrounding the Israeli strike remains highly classified.”

The “intelligence” is “highly classified,” so how do they know anything and are they worth quoting or basing an article on? Now on the chosen colors representing the bad and the good.

According to The NY Times:

“A sharp debate is under way in the Bush administration about the significance of the Israeli intelligence that led to last month’s Israeli strike inside Syria, according to current and former American government officials.”

This debate revolves around intelligence provided by Israel, which led that nation to its decision to bomb a location in Syria believed to be the location of Bashar al-Assad’s nascent nuclear program; spermatozoon in the test tube courtesy of stature lacking Kim of Korea.

One thing worth noting is that the toilet paper has in the past written of debates within the administration, rarely described as “debates” but more colorfully described as “rifts” between “hawks” and doves regarding Iran. We might be comforted with the fact that the administration does debate issues, but that would require injecting connotation that weakens the “hawk/dove” angle; this is just something the msm doesn’t do.

As the toilet paper rarely passes an opportunity to report as factually as it can stand while implying with words of choice who is on the rights side and wrong side of the “debate.”

The two sides in the “fight” are “Vice President Dick Cheney and conservative hawks” and “Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her allies.” Remember WWII, a war fought between the “Axis” and “Allies.” Any questions as to which side the toilet paper is more supportive of? Reporting the news with an eye toward swaying opinion; this is not reporting the news, but the toilet paper does it seven days a week.

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