Friday, February 27, 2004

Pour Encouragement les Autres...
Lifted from

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday that he was "all wet" when the Senator alleged that the Bush administration lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to justify going to war.

The verbal clash came during Mr. Rumsfeld's testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing probing the state of pre-war intelligence.

Sen. Kennedy began his questioning of the Defense Secretary by saying, "Don't you think some members of the Bush administration should be held legally accountable for the lies they told about Iraqi weapons, and the subsequent cover-up?"

"First, with all due respect Senator Kennedy, you're all wet," said Mr. Rumsfeld. "The administration has not lied or covered up. However, in general, I do believe that when a man commits a crime he should face the bar of justice. He should not be allowed to serve in positions of power in our government, and be hailed as a leader, when the question of his guilt remains unresolved, if you know what I mean."

"I'm sure I do not know what you mean," Mr. Kennedy said. "But the American people deserve to know why you can't find Saddam's weapons of mass destruction."

"Sometimes things are hard to find, even when you know where they are," said Mr. Rumsfeld. "For example, I've heard of a man who missed a bridge and drove his car into the water, even though he knew where the bridge was. And then sometimes you just keep diving into a problem and despite repeated efforts, you come up empty handed. That doesn't mean that nothing's there. As you know, eventually, the truth comes to light."

Having no further questions, Mr. Kennedy yielded the remainder of his time.

It didn't happen, but it would have great if it did. If the Administration were to strike back at it's detractors by hoisting them upon their own petards, perhaps some of this lunacy we call "the political process" would come to an end.

We no longer have a political process in this country, if by that you believe that serious men and women should seriously go about administering to the needs of a serious populace in a serious fashion. Instead what we get is combination Jay Leno monologue/ Ms. America pageant/Amateur Night at the Apollo/Bullwinkle and Rocky show.

Debate is reduced to a series of quips. Dissent is stifled by dubious appeal to "sensibilities" on race, gender, class and religion. Nothing can get done without a press conference and endless hours of face time on the talk shows.

Maybe Rusmfeld, or someone else, should do something like this. Maybe then the public will have a good, honest and completely new take on some of the people that they continue to vote for and a lightbulb will come on over their heads: This is why we live in such a f***ed up place.

Please Rummy, or Condi or Colin, shoot Senator Kennedy with something like this (oops! Shoot and Kennedy shouldn't be in the same sentence!), to encourage the others. If people where made aware that their own foibles were about to be aired, perhaps they would be a little more retrospect in airing someone elses.

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