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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

More inconvenient truths

Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize has the right hot under the collar, raising the canard that the Nobel Committee is anti-Bush.

After all, those Democratic Party voters in Oslo have awarded Peace Prizes to Jimmy Carter in 2002 "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."and Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2005 "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way."

But here's where those other inconvenient truths come into play. Both men (and the agency one represents) -- now joined by Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- happen to reflect what Andrew Card once derisively called the "reality-based community."

Despite years of denying the problems of global warming -- or insisting that Iraq has nuclear weapons or that Bush is building a better world through strength -- the realities are indeed winning out. Bush's dead-enders are simply having a hard time coping.

But perhaps even more damning is the better-late-than-never assertion by retired Gen. Ricardo Sanchez that the Bush administration's handling of Iraq was "incompetent" and there is "no end in sight" to the conflict.

Sanchez's hands are not clean here. He was, after all, the general who condoned the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. But that fact alone may make him a better critics than the pinko liberals at the Nobel Committee.

By being one of the good soldiers who followed the orders of his civilian commanders, there's no chance the right would attack him, is there? (Gosh, I hope they aren't preparing a full-page ad for the Times!)

Nope, Sanchez's own errors make him an even more effective critic of W's failings.

Reality's a bitch, ain't it?

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