Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Fool me once . . .

Juan Cole quotes Kevin McMillan who points out that there is no need to qualify in any way the proposition that Bush and the Bush Administration outright lied about Iraq in order to fool the American people and Congress into war. McMillan points to the devastating analysis by Glen Rangwala. It's finally making the British election campaign that the Poodle lied too. Needless to say, the quibblers and subject-changers will never be able to accept the cold, hard facts. It's no sin to be lied to - although I have to question whether the American Congress is quite as dumb as it pretended to be in accepting at face value the ridiculous claims of the Bush Administration about the threat of Iraqi drones! - but it is a sin to refuse to accept that you've been punked by pretending that it didn't happen or raising spurious issues in order to cover your embarrassment or protect the liars for partisan political purposes. It's also a sin to fall for the same trick again, and we are beginning to see exactly the same sort of lies as part of the new campaign for attacks against Iran and Syria. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.