Thursday, March 08, 2007

March '03

Since this is the latest fad, I took a look around the archives and didn't find much that was wrong. I usually avoid the temptation to make predictions, which is where people usually get in trouble (well, not actual trouble). I was pretty pissed off at Kevin Drum and Josh Marshall back in those days. This about covers that time period:

Remember, back in the summer when the Iraq chatter started heating up in the media we would have Rumsfeld saying things like "why is everyone talking about Iraq? There are no plans for Iraq!" Then Andy Card mentioned the post-labor day marketing rollout. Suddenly we had the patriotism of people like Max Cleland being questioned. At every step, explosive new exciting evidence of Just How Dangerous Saddam Really Is was just around the corner. At each new unveiling, it was always conjecture at best and more generally lies and deception.

The worst part of all of this were the deliberate attempts to link Saddam Hussein to the events of 9/11. Nice way to exploit the deaths of 3000 people. I've been informed by readers that Republican congressmen have been telling their constituents during town hall meetings that there is "secret evidence" that Hussein was behind 9/11. Well, if Hussein was behind 9/11 why the hell is it secret and more importantly why the hell haven't we fired a missle up his ass yet?

Each step deception. Each step cynical exploitation. Each step complete incompetence. How the hell could ANYONE be on board with this?

Anyway, the point was to find something you were wrong about. I went through about 70% of it and couldn't find much. This isn't self-congratulation. As I said, I tend to not make predictions, which is where people usually find themselves being wrong.