When your partisan blinders are so snugly fit on your skull, it is easy to take anything out of context. Today’s example- Oliver looks at a Rumsfeld statement as a scathing indictment of the administration:
The Failure Of Donald Rumsfeld
I can’t believe he said this.
The troubling unknown, he said, is whether the extremists — whom he termed “zealots and despots” bent on destroying the global system of nation-states — are turning out newly trained terrorists faster than the United States can capture or kill them.
“It’s quite clear to me that we do not have a coherent approach to this,” Rumsfeld said at an international security conference.
It is quite clear to me that Rumsfeld, far from being a failure, is doing what he should be doing- asking the tough questions, questioning our policies, trying to make sure we are doing the right thing. Why do I say this? Because this is EXACTLY THE SAME DAMNED THING HE SAID 8 months ago in a memo the Democrats tried to distort and use for partisan gain then:
Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?
Does the US need to fashion a broad, integrated plan to stop the next generation of terrorists? The US is putting relatively little effort into a long-range plan, but we are putting a great deal of effort into trying to stop terrorists. The cost-benefit ratio is against us! Our cost is billions against the terrorists’ costs of millions.
Do we need a new organization?
How did Oliver try to spin the rhetorical questions posed in the memo when it first came out? There was this:
This administration has not screwed up this fight completely, and the battle is long and complicated, but I honestly feel we haven’t been using our full brain on this. We do what feels like may be good, but then it fades away to bite us in the rear another day.
Then there was this post, in which he tried to use the memo as proof that we were failing in Iraq.
They sold us a war. And our kids will be paying the bills.
I will give the Democrats this much- they are not intellectually honest, but they sure are consistent.