Sunday, September 6

torture papers

The NYT makes a lot of incorrect assumptions about President Bush. I realize it's an op-ed, but this is from the Times' editorial board. I don't have to agree with their sentiments but they shouldn't be telling provable lies.
"The Obama administration has taken important steps toward repairing the grievous harm that President George W. Bush did to this nation with his lawless and morally repugnant detention policies."
They're talking about Gitmo and they get it completely wrong. Gitmo is far from being "lawless."

What "grievous harm" did Bush do to the country? He protected America, he killed terrorists and he bent over backwards to get along with the turbo partisan Democrats. Yet, the Times asserts that the former President "trampled on human rights, civil liberties and judicial safeguards," a familiar complaint from the Left.

None of these claims has ever been proven, merely asserted, ad nauseam.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since we're talking about propaganda here, let me ask you a question. If George Orwell were alive today what do you think he would say about the status of political debate in the U.S today? Would he be more in line with the Democrats, the Republicans, or neither.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Kent said...

Orwell's entire concept of 'Big Brother' has been proven correct and visionary.

Today? I think he'd be most frightened by the government's request that neighbors snitch on neighbors for "fishy" speech.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jaz said...

Certainly a massive expansion in the size and scope of government, as Obama has been propagating, is Orwellian in the worst sense.

Guarding against increasing intrusion into our lives by government and the erosion of personal freedoms is perhaps the primary lesson to be learned from 1984.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course Orwell would be critical of the propaganda techniques used by politicians, but would it be fear to transfer that criticism to specific policies? I don't think so, especially in the case of what has been described as creeping socialism, given that Orwell was an avowed socialist himself.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Kent said...

That's why I answered you the way I did. The snitch email thing would really have gotten under Orwell's skin, I think.

Big Brother working you two ways, both from DC, and locally. You never knowing who to trust. Maybe your neighbor, maybe not.

This sounds like a screenplay to me: Working title, "Fish Market."

4:09 PM  

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