Monday, May 16, 2005

Today, I am angry at Donald Rumsfeld.

He said this in the face of the Newsweek retraction:

"People lost their lives. People are dead," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Capitol Hill. "People need to be very careful about what they say, just as they need to be careful about what they do" (source).

Agreed, secretary. We need to be careful about the whole they-definitely-have-weapons-of-mass-destruction thing. Or the whole "axis of evil" thing.

Want more? From the same article, here's White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan:

"The report had real consequences," McClellan said. "People have lost their lives. Our image abroad has been damaged. There are some who are opposed to the United States and what we stand for who have sought to exploit this allegation."

Absolutely true, sir. But remember--all three of these consequences were well entrenched and established before the Newsweek report--as a result of the invasion of Iraq on either bad information or false pretenses. And the difference is that Newsweek has admitted its mistake and apologized. The Bush administration has done neither.


Shannin said...

What about "Bring 'em on?"

Jim said...

Come on... General Carl Eichenberry's take, in the words of General Richard Myers:

"It is the judgment of our commander in Afghanistan, General Eichenberry, that in fact the violence that we saw in Jalalabad was not necessarily the result of the allegations about disrespect for the Koran, but more tied up in the political process and the reconciliation process that President Karzai and his cabinet are conducting in Afghanistan. He thought it was not at all tied to the article in the magazine," he explained [emphasis added].