Monday, April 30, 2007

Somehow, the word "irony" seems inadequate.

Right-wing, neo-con hack William Kristol, attacking George Tenet's credibility:

According to Kakutani, Tenet concludes by paraphrasing Daniel Patrick Moynihan's comment: "Policymakers are entitled to their own opinions--but not to their own set of facts." How many other facts has George Tenet invented?

Yes, that really was Bill Kristol, accusing someone else of making shit up. If you hadn't read it with your own eyes ...

AFTERSNARK: Pay close attention to the breathtaking contradiction that Kristol seizes on:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has now learned of a second, more stunning error in Tenet's book (which is due to appear in bookstores tomorrow). According to Michiko Kakutani's review in Saturday's Times,

On the day after 9/11, he [Tenet] adds, he ran into Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative and the head of the Defense Policy Board, coming out of the White House. He says Mr. Perle turned to him and said: "Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday. They bear responsibility."

Here's the problem: Richard Perle was in France on that day, unable to fly back after September 11. In fact Perle did not return to the United State until September 15.

Appreciate, if you will, that Kristol must certainly have been watching the recent Alberto Gonzales proceedings, during which Gonzales allegedly couldn't remember squat about anything that happened only a few months ago, but Kristol thinks he's found that smoking gun based on George Tenet being perhaps three days off about something that happened over five years ago.

But if you pointed that out to Kristol, I'm willing to bet he wouldn't be even remotely embarrassed. That's because these people have no shame.

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