Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Politics is all about TIMING

Consider the fact that since the 2004 election, how many "orange alerts" have we had? Did terrorists suddenly no longer feel it was necessary to threaten America now that the election was completed? Notice from that list that the very last raising of the alert happened in September 2004.....two months before the national election..... Politics is about timing. This is why the War in Iraq was fought at the time it was fought. 2003 was a non-election year. March was a cool month in the desert. Now today, the Pentagon has released the video of the plane crashing into the Pentagon. Now, why did it take so long for the Pentagon to release this tape? Was something secret on them? no. The timing is interesting. Bush's numbers are at his lowest. The Pentagon also just released the names of the Gitmo detainees. What better way to distract the public from the withering criticism that in reality the Pentagon was holding mere foot soldiers for five years at Gitmo, and it held none of the top terrorist leaders there, even though that is what Bush has been claiming. Politics is about timing. Political and military leaders know that the public has a short attention span. For example, who can remember this little snippet from Colin Powell from February 2001 in Egypt?

We had a good discussion, the Foreign Minister and I and the President and I, had a good discussion about the nature of the sanctions -- the fact that the sanctions exist -- not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq...
Notice of course that the State Department's website no longer has that page but it has been preserved by The Memory Hole here. So was the Secretary of State wrong? No one came out to correct him. But people forget, very easily too. The Pentagon hopes that Americans will forget that they released the names of Gitmo detainees and that no significant terrorist is on that list, but all foot soldiers. The way they will ensure Americans forget is by distracting them with video of the carnage of 9/11. And you know what? Sadly, Americans will fall for it.


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