Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Nancy Pelosi flaps her gums for the record every day, so it must be terribly difficult for her to keep track of the bullshit that she spews. The internets have a long memory, though, inviting the question: Was she completely disingenuous then, or now?
George Bush over the years:
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."
- G.W. Bush, 9/13/01
"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"
- G.W. Bush, 9/17/01, UPI
"Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you….
Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run."
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority... ."
- G.W. Bush,3/13/02 press conference
"I wanted badly to bring bin Laden to justice,"
-G.W. Bush autobiography, "Decision Points."
"This momentous achievement marks a victory for America"
- G.W. Bush 5/01/11
To tell you the truth, I'm not seeing a direct contradiction here. Certainly, the increase in our safety by capturing bin laden is so small as to be lost in the "noise" (since he is such a small part of a larger organization). That said, it is still true that capturing him is historical and important even if for no other reason than rhetorical. We can use his death as deterrence to others, but it depends on how we handle it and how others handle it (could be a martyr instead). Are these additional actions "part of" the killing and thus representative of an increase (or decrease) in safety? Or are they additional "independent" activities ("noise")? What she means depends on the size frame she is using.
I'll be the first to admit that nancy is a partisan liar, but this particular incident appears to me benign and you appear to be grasping at straws.
Perhaps, daniel, I'm being defensive, but it would seem to me that it is difficult to reconcile (1) " the damage that he has done ... is done. And even to capture him now I don't think makes us any safer" and (2) "The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida."
How do you reconcile President Bush saying in Sept 2001 that finding Bin Laden is "our number one priority" and six months later-in March 2002- saying "I have no idea where Bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. it's not our priority"??