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We were discussing tsunamis with somefriends, and the subject came up of one years ago in Alaska or somewhere, where photos showed all these dumb clucks standing on the shore watching the water recede, with no apprehension it would come rushing back their way real, real soon.
A lot of us watched the inauguration Thursday, and maybe history won't make us seem so bright, either. Didn't we know what was coming?
That's right, it's Mr. Sore Loser here again.
When President-elect Bush was asked recently by the Washington Post whether anyone would ever be held accountable for their miscalculations and missteps in Iraq, he responded, "I think America died a little bit this last election, when they voted for our policy of lies, torture and the blind slaughter of war."
Sorry, that was my liberal bias again. What he actually said was, "We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 election. The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates and chose me, for which I'm grateful," by which I think he was saying, "Hey, you guys must like lies, torture and the blind slaughter of war. Meet my new Attorney General."
Over half of Americans now think the war was a mistake. Bush's reasons for going to war proved to be marsh gas; his bad assumptions and planning for the war are still being tallied in the body count; there's talk now of our troops spending a generation in Iraq; and a new CIA report ratifies what others have long said: Bush's war has been a recruitment and training boon for terrorists.
Nothing needs a reassessment there! Medals and promotions for everyone! On to the inaugural balls, where in one night of engorgement we'll spend one-seventh of the amount we're sending for tsunami relief.
Hey, this just in: After three years of doing squat to actually make America safer—cargo containers still unchecked, chemical plants unguarded, internet open to attack, etc.—the recent South Carolina train wreck in which chlorine gas killed nine people, injured hundreds and led to thousands of evacuations has spurred Washington to act. From now on, trains carrying potentially deadly cargo will be re-routed around major population zones, as long as that zone is named Washington, D.C. The rest of us? At least our teeth will be bleached white as we die.
You know what's worse than sore losers? Sore winners. Conservatives own the nation and have a lock on all branches of government, yet they just cannot stop bellyaching.
I don't know Hugh Hewitt, but I never cared for his hair. It looks like it grows from entirely too tidy a place, one that would never permit a cowlick of doubt to muss its linear certitudes. Hewitt recently penned a piece in the conservative Weekly Standard on CBS's investigation of its bungled story on Bush's curious National Guard record. Hewitt termed the investigation's report a "whitewash" and "stonewall," even though there were four firings in its wake and the investigation was co-helmed by Republican Richard Thornburgh, whose liberal bias went unnoticed when he was U.S. Attorney General for Reagan and Bush I.
Like other "large and powerful institutions," CBS engaged in denial and ass-covering while avoiding any "genuine accountability," Hewitt wrote. But if they get good ratings, Hugh, isn't that an "accountability moment?"
Gee, who else has been lacking in self-examination? For those of us who see Iraq as a quagmire, Bush domestic policy as an oil gusher for the rich and Rovian politicking as a cesspool, it's fascinating to watch Hewitt nimbly dance to avoid stepping into any such muck. Instead, he cites the UN oil-for-food scandal (the worst examples of which, incidentally, occurred with Bush administration approval), steroids in sports, the CIA (upon whom he posits the blame for pre-9/11 and WMD lapses) and, chiefly, the molestation scandal in the Catholic Church.
You see, CBS's newsroom has an ingrained liberal bias and its failure to address that is tantamount to the Church coddling and covering up GENERATIONS OF PREDATORY PEDOPHILES SODOMIZING HELPLESS CHILDREN WITH IMPUNITY WHILE SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENTING GOD'S WILL. Sorry, I must have hit the caps-lock key. Anyone can see the obvious parallel: CBS didn't even try to root out the liberals in its midst, so they've been allowed to slap their filthy bias into America's information bunghole ever since Edward R. Murrow stuck it to that nice Joe McCarthy.
CBS's sin, rather, is one shared by all U.S. network news: There is so little depth, diversity or follow-up in its reportage that the nation is running blind. Did you read the recent account in the Los Angeles Times about the Australian citizen who the U.S. held and secretly flew into Egypt, so that he could be tortured with an Old World gusto we, as yet, haven't achieved? The guy may be innocent of anything; he sure hasn't been charged, just tortured. After an international uproar, he is finally going home after years at Guantanamo. Do Americans still have the compassion and sense of fair play to be outraged by such things done in our name? How would we know? There was no uproar here, because issues essential to defining our nation's character are rarely even communicated to most of the American people. That's what the hell is wrong with TV news.