Whiskey Bar: Billmon: ‘Everybody on our side of the partisan divide already realizes there is no lie too big for this administration to tell, and they know we know.’ [→ READ ]
Excellent analysis by Billmon of points brought forward by the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank in today’s must-read 9/11 Panel’s Findings Vault Bush Credibility To Campaign Forefront, interwoven with other sources.
No one juxtaposes contrary utterances better than Billmon; the result is always revealing.
My favorite line in this particular entry is —
Claiming that that evidence [supporting Bush/Cheney’s insistence on Iraq-al Qaeda links] can be found in the pages of the 9/11 Commission’s staff statement is like claiming an endorsement of Bush’s fiscal policies can be found in the collected writings of Paul Krugman. It’s simply absurd.
Another chunk I’m particularly impressed with:
The 9/11 commission, [Rep. Eric I.] Cantor [VA] argues, is partisan. Why? Because it went “off mission” by questioning the alleged relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda.
Now since the 9/11 commission was specifically instructed by Congress to “make a full and complete accounting of the circumstances surrounding the [9/11] attacks,” and to “investigate relevant facts and circumstances … including intelligence agencies … diplomacy … the flow of assets to terrorist organizations … and other areas of the public and private sectors determined relevant by the commission,” it’s fairly ridiculous to argue the commission exceeded its mandate by reviewing the evidence regarding Bin Ladin’s alleged contacts with Iraq. What Cantor is really arguing is that the commission went “off mission” by arriving at conclusions that were extremely embarrassing to the administration, and possibly damaging to the Bush-Cheney campaign.
I’ve rarely seen the GOP machine’s definition of partisanship so clearly stated: If you agree with us, you’re a patriotic non-partisan American. If you disagree with us, you’re a Kerry campaign operative, or at best a Democratic tool. And now that second label has been applied to a congressionally created commission split absolutely evenly between the two parties, and chaired by a Republican ex-governor selected by the White House itself.
The GOP machine is desperate now, as well they should be. Theirs is lying the overwhelming magnitude and transparency of which I never thought I’d see. The “coattails effect” of Bush et al.’s Big Lie won’t be sweeping Republican candidates into office; the sweep will be outward, out the door. Personally, I’m quite sure I will never vote for a Republican candidate again for as long as I live — that’s how bad the stench is. I’m lost to the Republican Party forever, but to retain those voters who are still recoverable to them, I suggest the sane GOP remnant start dissociating themselves from Bushco as rapidly as possible.
Who is the “father of lies”?
Who are his children?