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Sunday, July 12, 2009

I don't believe in coincidence

As NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs likes to note "I don't believe in coincidence."

So with that in mind, what are we to make of the sudden emergence of reports that the CIA was conducting a counter terrorism operation so secret that it was even withheld from Congress?

And that former Vice President Dick Cheney was behind the decision to keep a co-equal branch of government out of the loop?

And that Leon Panetta, the man Barack Obama brought in to clean up the mess, spilled the beans?

Or that Attorney General Eric Holder is leaning toward appointing a criminal prosecutor to investigate whether CIA personnel tortured terrorists?

I'd say the most media savvy administration in history is on its game.

After all, polls are showing the short-memoried, immediate results-oriented public is showing signs of frustration that an economic mess with roots in the Clinton era isn't going away in six months. Certainly the Republican "leaders" who helped preside over the worst of the debacle are spinning that story 24-7.

So while the administration is taking heat because they didn't accurately forecast unemployment rates (isn't that like forecasting the weather?), it has been working to open a new front on the narrative.

And that narrative stars the man virtually everyone loves to hate -- Darth Cheney.

As I said, I don't believe it is a coincidence that we are now being let in on another deep, dark secret of the Bush administration -- like the fact the warrantless wiretap program that attacked our basic liberties were also largely ineffective.

With overheated rhetoric on the unemployment rate and shock, just shock over the fact Congress can't agree on health care reform in five months after five decades of trying, it was imperative the administration open another rhetorical front.

And with heat coming from the left flank on health care, the economy and the environment, Cheney was the perfect foil. We may be a squabbling family that can't agree on much but we do know that Cheney, even more than George W. Bush is the perfect lightning rod.

I'm not saying these issues aren't important ones to address. I'm just saying the timing is certainly, um, fortuitous.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Daniel said...

Why is it so hard for some people to just get over a little bit of torture and a teensy-weensy war based on lies? How long is it gonna take for people to accept that the Constitution is just an archaic piece of paper? Lord Cheney is like a god- the dark wisdom of his ways is impenetrable to the average human mind. He is beyond good and evil, beyond the law, and certainly beyond the quaint Constitution. He has taught another semi-divine figure, Barack Obama, some crucial lessons about the subservience, weakness, and forgetfulness of the once-formidable citizens of the United States. Times have changed, folks. Democracy has run its course- accept your ruin placidly.

July 12, 2009 4:02 PM  

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