Thursday, June 23, 2005


IOKIYAR and the Zen of Acceptable Political Discourse

Lying about Democratic positions on terrorists = Good:
Speaking to the Conservative Party of New York State on Wednesday night, Rove said: "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."
White House spokesman Scott McClellan defended Rove's remarks and rebuffed suggestions that he apologize. "Of course not," McClellan said.

He said Rove was "talking about the different philosophies and different approaches when it comes to winning the war on terrorism."
(Source: Washington Post W.House rejects apology for Rove's Sept. 11 remarks, June 23, 2005)
Telling the truth about the way the US treats detainees: BAD
In a Senate floor speech Tuesday, Durbin cited an FBI report describing Guantanamo Bay prisoners chained to the floor in the fetal position without food or water and sometimes in extreme temperatures.

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control," he said, "you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings."
White House press secretary Scott McClellan, asked about the statement, responded by saying: "I think the senator's remarks are reprehensible. It's a real disservice to our men and women in uniform who adhere to high standards and uphold our values and our laws."
(Source: Washington Post Durbin Defends Guantanamo Comments, June 17, 2005)
Reading a factual account of detainee treatment and comparing those facts to serial human rights abusers behavior is "reprehensible", but making up ridiculous allegations about "liberals" is just discussing "different philosophies." Karl Rove is a Republican, and we all know It's OK If You're A Republican (IOKIYAR.)


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