Thursday, May 15, 2008

For example?

The Preznit abroad...
“Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."
Really? Some people believe this? He must have had someone in mind, because the Preznit wouldn't just make this stuff up, right? But who?

Maybe the people who suggest this...
“Some people suggest if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away."
Some people suggest this? OK, some people would no doubt like to see the US break off with Israel, but those are about the most marginalized people in the American body politic, and I'm not sure that even they would accept that "all our problems in the Middle East would go away" as a result. At least I've never heard anyone, anywhere, make such a suggestion, and I get most of my news from the intertubes where you might expect to find that kind of stuff. Still, it's hard to imagine that the putative leader of the free world would just make something like that up without an example in mind, so who?

Naturally, the White House communications staff doesn't want to leave any misperceptions about the target of the remarks, the particular examples Bush had in mind. Press Secretary Dana Perino, asked whether it might be Obama...
PERINO: It is not. And I would think that all of you who cover these issues and have for a long time have known that there are many who have suggested these types of negotiations with people that President Bush thinks we should not talk to.
Well, that clears it right up. Who is "some"? "Some" is "many."

Now if we could just figure out which ones.

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