Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Friday, July 23, 2004

The 9/11 report says America is "safer"? Where? 

Watch the shiny happy spin:

The the word "safer" only appears four times appears in the report. I haven't read it in it's entirety so it may somewhere say America is safer without using that specific word, but that's certainly not the impression I've gotten so far. And the thought doesn't jive with Commission Chairman Thomas Kean's statement when releasing the report, "Every expert with whom we spoke told us an attack of even greater magnitude is now possible and even probable. We do not have the luxury of time.''. Indeed, the Report recommends dozens of protections and strategies the government has failed to yet implement.

Here are the four times the word "safer" appears in the report:

This is the part the spinmeisters seem to be latching on to and misrepresenting (p. 383):

Firstly and least significantly, it doesn't read "America is safer", it reads Americans "may be safer".

Secondly, this appears as an introduction to a section recommending its meaning is"Bush acknowledges we may be safer, but terrorists plan around our protections and here's tons of stuff nobody, including the President, hasn't done."

In fact, the Report is subtly but clearly critical of major aspects of Bush's "War on Terrorism" - that the strategy is the proverbial hammer that makes everything look like a nail, (p. 363) (some emphasis added):

The report is also is (much less subtly) critical of the way the "enemy" in the "War on Terror" has been framed (p. 363),

So we know Condi agrees with her own twisted interpretation of one sentence in the Report, but I'm wondering what she (and the rest of our government) thinks of the whole of the report. It will be interesting to see.

What's disappointing to see is the lunatic contingent at democraticunderground swallowing the spin hook line and sinker, seemingly because it doesn't say "Bush did it! He made it happen!" it's a whitewash for some. There are a few things I've been surprised seem absent from it, such as the wire transfers to the hijackers from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, but on the other hand, it doesn't mention Iraq in the context of the "war on terror". More later ...

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