Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Idiot Attempt at Public Manipulation

On the FOX program "Dayside", the blonde FOX babe (I think her name is Juliet Huddy, but they're all pretty much interchangeable -- fairly attractive, but with IQs closer to single digits than three) asked "Why were the pictures of the plane hitting the Pentagon released?"

Turns out today, the Pentagon found it necessary to release video from security cameras of the plane hitting the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 -- 4 1/2 years ago.

Why today? Well, supposedly because the Pentagon originally was going to use the video for the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, the so-called 20th hijacker associated with the September 11th attacks on the United States. Oh, wait, apparently the Pentagon backed off because the video was deemed to be too inflammatory (no pun intended) for the Moussaoui jurors.

How come the video didn't come out until today? The Moussaoui jury voted in favor of life imprisonment for him on May 3.

How about the real reasons -- because 1) the confirmation hearings for CIA chief-designee Gen. Michael Hayden are coming up on Thursday (May 18) and the Administration wanted to generate public support for Hayden; and 2) the president's approval ratings are 29% and any news item that will change the subject will provide him some relief?

This transparent attempt at public manipulation shows the Administration at its absolute worst. It is attempting to play on public emotions by reminding everyone of the death and destruction on that tragic day. And, it is doing so for the crassest of political reasons.

I am reminded of the question asked by lawyer Joseph Welch of that famous demagogue Senator Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

I am afraid the present Administration is fast losing its sense of decency.


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