We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth. --Sydney Schanberg
The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called 'corporatism.' --Benito Mussolini
No one can now doubt the word of America --George W. Bush, State of the Union, January 20, 2004.
People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. --George W Bush
I don't care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass --President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 (quoted by Richard A. Clarke, Against All Enemies)

6/14/2007

What About Bob?

Filed under: — jake @ 4:32 pm

Remember Bob? Sure you do, ya know, Baghdad Bob? Saddam Huessein’s Information Minister? Sure you do.

Reflect for a moment on the mirth he brought us, the guffaws and the rolled eyeballs. Pause a second and remember how he took raw irony to levels never before contemplated.

“We have them surrounded in their tanks”
Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Yeah! that Bob. I didn’t put any stock in what ol’ Bob was saying. Did you? Did anyone? He could have said that the earth was round and I would’ve come up with some reason to doubt his assertion. The US press especially had fun at ol’ Bob’s expense. Every night it seemed that Bob was getting mocked and ridiculed by the press.

“The American press is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies and more lies!”

“Lying is forbidden in Iraq. President Saddam Hussein will tolerate nothing but truthfulness as he is a man of great honor and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely of the truths evidenced in their eyes and hearts.”

Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Yeah - That Bob.

“I have detailed information about the situation…which completely proves that what they allege are illusions . . . They lie every day.”

Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Going back over this, it still cracks me up. How could someone, anyone, so blatantly lie to a world that has eyes and ears? I’m still wondering if anyone, even one person ever believed anything the man said.
The cause of Iraqi democracy is worth it.

Tony Snow

I wonder if Joseph Goebbels was met with the same scorn and derision as poor Bob. I mean, Goebbels was supposedly the master spinmeister, THE propagandist. Were his statements as loony on their face as ol’ Bob’s?
It strikes me that that’s a highly slanted way to present what’s going on – number one, that he’s more a liability than an asset. No. The President does not regard him as a liability. What does happen is that in the political class, what’s happening? They’re trying to – they’re going after Alberto Gonzales. Have they found anything? No. What, in fact, has gone on is that the Attorney General and the Justice Department have made extraordinary gestures toward precisely the transparency you asked – all the emails have been made public. You get to see the emails, they get to see the emails. They have offered to make available for questioning anybody who wants to be there. They are under an obligation to tell the truth.
Tony Snow
Maybe someday I’ll look into that - the BS spewed by the Third Reich just before they began their march across Europe.
No, what I’m saying is in September you’ll have an opportunity to have metrics. I think what we have been saying is you’ll have an opportunity at that juncture to be able to do a sensible analysis of what happens when you’ve got all the forces in place for the Baghdad security plan.
Tony Snow
Somehow I miss ol’ Bob. I mean, looking back it seemed a much more innocent time. A time when an information minister so obviously lying, was entertainment.
Are you saying that detaining people who are plucked off the battlefields is an assault on democracy? Are you kidding me? You’re talking about the people who were responsible for supporting the Taliban, somehow detaining them is an assault on democracy?
[…]
No, many have been held, but many also are now being processed through the system. What I just thought was peculiar is that you have people who waged active warfare against democracy and you think detaining them somehow is an assault on democracy.
Tony Snow
Yeah. Not so long ago everything was different.
No one can now doubt the word of America.

George W. Bush, State of the Union, January 20, 2004.

Not so very long ago.

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