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Appeasing the Restive Moonbats

What’s a Democratic House Speaker, eager to appease her lefty, BDS addled base to do when news stories come out that look like this –
Democrats Bow to Bush’s Demands in House Spending Bill
Dems cave on spending
Deal would give Bush victory on war funding

While at the same time some of the biggest mouths in reality based community are putting up posts like this:
Time For New Leadership in Congress
I’ll vote against my liberal Democratic Congressmen
“There is No Democratic Party in Congress”

Now keep in mind this is just over the last couple of days and doesn’t include all the waterboarding stuff from earlier.

Well, here’s one way to deal with it. Pelosi: Republicans `like’ Iraq War

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public’s priorities.

“They like this war. They want this war to continue,” Pelosi, D- Calif., told reporters. She expressed frustration over Republicans’ ability to force majority Democrats to yield ground on taxes, spending, energy, war spending and other matters.

“We thought that they shared the view of so many people in our country that we needed a new direction in Iraq,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference in the Capitol. “But the Republicans have made it very clear that this is not just George Bush’s war. This is the war of the Republicans in Congress.”

That ought to keep them happy for a couple of hours anyway.

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Must Read of the Day

If you’ve never read Dr. Sanity before, here’s a chance to see some of her excellent work. I’ll quote a sample, but it should be read in its entirety. I also recommend looking through her archives for past gems.

Psychological denial and the avoidance of an unpleasant reality are certainly not confined to one side of the political spectrum or the other. But what I find endlessly fascinating is how the political left has created and fully integrated specific ideological tools that facilitate ongoing psychological denial.

It reminds me of all the paranoid patients I have observed over the years, who effortlessly are able to dismiss or explain away those facts that don’t fit in with their carefully constructed conspiracy theories. If you get too assertive in pointing out those uncomfortable facts, you find yourself in no time fully integrated into the theory. For the paranoid, the case is closed and the argument is finished.

The political left has been utilizing the same psychological strategies inherent in the paranoid style since the end of the cold war and the 20th century. The rise of politically correct speech and the dogma of multiculturalism; the insistence on cultural diversity while enforcing a profound homogeneity of ideas and lack of intellectual diversity in academia; as well as the distortions and rationalizations that are currently the hallmark of intellectual debate within our institutions of higher learning and politics– have all combined to dissuade those on the political left from pursuing a course of intellectual honesty and/or emotional insight.

This is what makes it so frustrating to debate or argue with today’s typical postmodern leftist. Some are willing to engage in discussion, but you can always count on their complete dismissal of any fact that does not conform to their ideological perspective. No matter how many times you debunk their position (e.g., no matter how many times evidence of Saddam’s WMD’s are found and documented; that evidence has been either ignored or poo-pooed using a variety of rationalizations–and the goalposts are then changed to ensure the safety of the denial).

When it suits their purposes (i.e., when they are losing the argument), they will resort to the claim that reality and truth are merely subjective constructs anyway, and that any evidence you present is only someone’s “opinion” and that their opinions are as good as anyone else’s.

Such a position should logically disqualify their position to begin with, but of course, it doesn’t.

Generally they use this as their argument of last resort–when they cannot bring any facts or logic to support their position. After a brief escape into the relativism noted above, they will then usually proceed directly to the usual ad hominem attacks. Q.E.D.

Again, that’s just a snippet. Read it all.

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Moonbat “Scandals” Keep Unravelling

Don Surber has an excellent roundup of the moonbat scandals that seemed so promising over the weekend, but now seem to be imploding:

This scandal got off to a good start.

On Saturday, the New York Times reported: “C.I.A. Was Urged to Keep Interrogation Videotapes.”

ABC News: “Harriet Miers Knew of Destruction of Interrogation Tapes.”

But by Sunday, the story began to unravel. Hold the pitchforks and torches, everyone.

Washington Post: “Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002: In Meetings, Spy Panels’ Chiefs Did Not Protest, Officials Say.”

On Monday, more bad news. The NYT: “C.I.A. Official in Inquiry Called a ‘Hero’.”

By Silvestre Reyes, the Democratic chairman of (dramatic pause) the House Intelligence Committee.

And finally, today, NYT threw in the towel: “Destruction of C.I.A. Tapes Cleared by Lawyers.”

Come on. There is no scandal. Again.

Follow the links to see how this has played out. I noted the other day that the Democrats are being hypocritical about the issue of waterboarding, but running in tandem with that story has been the destruction of those tapes. In my opinion no matter who knew what when, if those tapes had been requested in legal proceedings after being in a vault for a couple of years and were then gotten rid of, it looks like some obstruction of justice going on. However, the moonbats won’t be satisfied with that. They want it to be framed as the Bush Junta orchestrating the whole thing. As Steve Benen at Crooks and Liars says: Torture-tape Story Doesn’t Add Up. Well, of course it doesn’t add up for you, Steve. It’s not the scandal you hoped for.

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Max Mayfield: Bush Didn’t Silence Me

We knew Henry Waxman was going to be in the business of creating scandals and conspiracies to investigate when the Democrats took over congress last year. Yesterday his office released an ominous sounding report about how the Bush administration has allegedly been silencing and censoring information about catastrophic climate change.

Today Max Mayfield, the former director of the National Hurricane Center, had to go on the record that he wasn’t pressured to change his testimony about the role of global warming in the frequency and strength of hurricanes.

“I can truthfully say that no one told me at any time what to say in regard to possible impacts of climate change on tropical cyclones,” said Max Mayfield in an e-mail to ABC News.

Mayfield was responding to questions about a section in a new report titled “Political Interference With Climate Change Science Under the Bush Administration” — the end result of a 16-month investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee is chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

The report notes that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mayfield was due to testify at a Sept. 2005 hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on disaster prevention. The connection between global warming and stronger hurricanes had been getting renewed attention after new scientific studies released over the previous summer.

The Waxman report details an e-mail from Tom Jones, a staffer for Alaska’s Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, that he wrote to Noel Turner, an employee in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in the days leading up to the hearings. Jones apparently wanted Mayfield to say that global warming was not making hurricanes stronger.

“We’re going to work on smacking the [expletive] out of this issue,” Jones wrote. “I’d love to have an answer from him that doesn’t contain any long words or flavor of equivocation. Something like, ‘mr chairman, the individuals who are implying that Katrina has something to do with global warming are just plain wrong. They don’t understand the science and they’re shamelessly trying to make political hay out of a national tragedy.'”

Turner then e-mailed a colleague at NOAA about Jones’ request.

“If we can get something close and quotable, that would probably be good,” Jones wrote. “I think the number one priority with this hearing is making FEMA [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] look bad. Number two could be killing the climate change and hurricanes issue.”

The Waxman report claims that “this political motivation seems to have impacted NOAA testimony and talking points” because Mayfield’s written testimony included a statement similar to what Jones had asked for.

For example, Mayfield’s written testimony read in part: “the increased activity since 1995 is due to natural fluctuations/cycles of hurricane activity driven by the Atlantic Ocean itself along with the atmosphere above it and not enhanced substantially by global warming.”

Mayfield, however, denies that anyone told him to alter his testimony as the Waxman report suggests.

“I want the record to show that no one forced me to say anything on the subject of climate change and tropical cyclones that I didn’t believe at the time,” Mayfield told ABC News.

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As Bryan at Hot Air points out, this committee didn’t even bother asking Mayfield about what happened. Waxman and his bunch just ran with the conspiratorial thinking because it plays into the moonbat preconceived notions.

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Another Piece of the Puzzle

Remember all the drama during the Mukasey hearings last month and how there was so much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the fact he wouldn’t come out and declare waterboarding to be torture? Well, today there’s some information from 2002 that might help to explain why the top Democrats didn’t filibuster and why it appeared to many they had caved. From the Washington Post this morning:

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

“The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough,” said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.

Congressional leaders from both parties would later seize on waterboarding as a symbol of the worst excesses of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism effort. The CIA last week admitted that videotape of an interrogation of one of the waterboarded detainees was destroyed in 2005 against the advice of Justice Department and White House officials, provoking allegations that its actions were illegal and the destruction was a coverup.

Yet long before “waterboarding” entered the public discourse, the CIA gave key legislative overseers about 30 private briefings, some of which included descriptions of that technique and other harsh interrogation methods, according to interviews with multiple U.S. officials with firsthand knowledge.

With one known exception, no formal objections were raised by the lawmakers briefed about the harsh methods during the two years in which waterboarding was employed, from 2002 to 2003, said Democrats and Republicans with direct knowledge of the matter. The lawmakers who held oversight roles during the period included Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan).

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Only after information about the practice began to leak in news accounts in 2005 — by which time the CIA had already abandoned waterboarding — did doubts about its legality among individual lawmakers evolve into more widespread dissent. The opposition reached a boiling point this past October, when Democratic lawmakers condemned the practice during Michael B. Mukasey’s confirmation hearings for attorney general.

So Pelosi, Harman, and other Democrats were fully aware of what techniques were to be used, and yet only Harman officially objected:

Harman, who replaced Pelosi as the committee’s top Democrat in January 2003, disclosed Friday that she filed a classified letter to the CIA in February of that year as an official protest about the interrogation program.

The wails from the moonbat community are already rising. Some examples: From Lambert at Corrente:

Well, I guess now I know why impeachment was “off the table.” Anybody for Barney Frank as the new speaker?

Glenn Greenwald: Democratic complicity in Bush’s torture regimen

You get the idea. There’s much more at memeorandum.

As I said during the Mukasey fracas, it appears that Democratic leaders really don’t agree with the moonbats on what constitutes torture and didn’t believe a vote for Mukasey was a vote for it. Oh, just one more reaction that’s just precious from John Avarosis at Americablog:
Did Bush approve CIA leak to embarrass Pelosi?

Heh

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Another “Cronkite Moment”

Here we go again. Walter Cronkite and David Krieger from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation have a statement up at Common Dreams calling for immediate withdrawal titled Our Troops Must Leave Iraq. I’ll provide the first paragraph. You can read the rest, but this is all you need to know about the point of the entire exercise:

The American people no longer support the war in Iraq. The war is being carried on by a stubborn president who, like Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War, does not want to lose. But from the beginning this has been an ill-considered and poorly prosecuted war that, like the Vietnam War, has diminished respect for America. We believe Mr. Bush would like to drag the war on long enough to hand it off to another president.

If you’ve suddenly been overcome with a powerful sense of Deja Vu it’s because he said the same thing in January of 2006, naturally relying on his reputation as a decisive factor in the U.S. pullout from Vietnam. He repeated it again in February of this year. In fact, he’s been using his name and history to lobby against the Iraq War since before it began.

The story is making the rounds of the lefty blogosphere, with some wondering why it’s not getting more attention. One obvious reason is that he’s not saying anything he hasn’t said before. Another, that probably escapes the lefties who are trying to portray his statement as a defining moment or turning point, is that not everybody believes what he did in his role as CBS news anchor during Vietnam was in any way noble. Here’s Arnaud de Borchgrave at FrontPage Magazine commenting on the 2006 Cronkite Moment:

Cronkite, along with several hundred reporters from two dozen countries, focused on how the Vietcong guerrillas managed to blast their way into the U.S. Embassy compound (but didn’t make it past the Marines in the lobby). War correspondents were also impressed by the view from the cocktail bar atop the Caravelle Hotel: C-47s, equipped with three Gatling guns on one side, were strafing Vietcong pockets in Cholon, the capital’s twin city 2½ miles away.

Yet the Vietcong didn’t reach a single one of their objectives and lost most of their 45,000-strong force in their attacks against 21 cities. It was also a defeat that convinced North Vietnam’s leaders to send their regular army – the NVA – south of the 17th parallel to pick up where the Vietcong left off.

Cronkite’s verdict is what persuaded President Johnson to throw in the towel. Six weeks later, LBJ announced he would not run for a second term. “If I’ve lost Cronkite,” LBJ told one of his aides, “I’ve lost Middle America.” In fact, he had already lost most of America. Perception had become reality.

The last American soldier left Vietnam in March 1973 and Saigon finally fell to the North Vietnamese Army in April 1975. Meanwhile, the South Vietnamese army held its own against the NVA with U.S. air support, defeating the Communist “Easter Offensive” of 1972. But morale collapsed after the U.S. Congress decided to withhold further military assistance to the South Vietnamese government.

Surprised by this congressional decision, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the Communist supremo, said in his memoirs, he had to improvise a general offensive against Saigon whose capture he reckoned would not be possible for another two years.

Those who wish to once again hold up Walter Cronkite as the voice of middle America should consider that the days are gone in which a news anchor is trusted to give the straight story. The Cronkite example, in hindsight, is one of the prime reasons for that cynicism.

For reference, here’s the video of Cronkite’s Tet news report from 1968 in two parts:

 

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Someone Finally Tells Helen Thomas Off (Video)

Kathryn Lopez at The Corner has a bit of the transcript from a White House press conference during which Helen Thomas was her usual moonbatty self in an exchange with WH press secretary Dana Perino. The “Q” in the exchange represents ranting from Thomas:

Q Why should we depend on him?

MS. PERINO: Because he is the commander on the ground, Helen. He’s the one who is making sure that the situation is moving —

Q You mean how many more people we kill?

MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements. This is a — it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.

Bravo, Ms. Perino. I wonder why they even let Helen Thomas continue to sit in on press conferences. There’s a bit more of the exchange at the link. Here’s the video.

h/t: Ace of Spades HQ Update: Bryan at Hot Air has chimed in as has Fishwrap.

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