Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"The Simple Truth"

From the latest National Review editorial:
But the simple truth is that, unless Iran’s regime gives up both its terrorist ideology and its weapons, we will never be safe.
As far as I know, not even the most rabid nutjob claims that Iran has nuclear weapons right now (his trademarked wonderment saves him on this one, but just barely). So what "weapons" do NR's editors have in mind? They don't tell us. We'll see if this non sequitur starts popping up more frequently.

The tell on this, at least, is hard to miss: "the simple truth," the written version of Cheney's oft-spoken "in fact." When outfits like NR or Weekly Standard describe something about Iran as both simple and true, some sort of bamboozlement attempt is usually a given.


Blogger wendyo said...

Actually, the oft-used Cheney refrain is "the fact of the matter is...." spoken with a grave tone.

Bush is more fond of the flailing "The American people gotta unnerstand..." followed by his script du jour.

Thus, we get the tag team effect of grave warning by Cheney followed by impassioned plea by Bush of why we have to heed it.

8/21/2007 10:00 AM  
Blogger LFC said...

Cheney wants to bomb Iran. He wants to force the next President to continue his war. That's it in a nutjob shell.

8/21/2007 6:51 PM  
Blogger Grace Nearing said...

Two other classic "tells," courtesy of both Cheney and Rumsfeld, are: "there is no doubt but that..." and "there is no question but that...".

The safest interpretation, of course, is that there are both doubts and questions, most of which will not be identified let alone analyzed.

8/22/2007 1:46 AM  
Blogger wendyo said...

Orwell spins and spins...

8/22/2007 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shorter NR: "The simple truth is, the only good Iranian is a dead Iranian. Of course you wouldn't believe that were true unless you were really, really simple, but that's our current target market."

8/23/2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger Rudi said...

Hot Air and other paranoid sites were upset about Iranian claims of development of their own "smart bombs". Were not talking cruise missiles, but hobbyist-servo-controlled fin on conventional bombs. Never mind that the US approved sales of GBU 28 bunker busters to Israel during the last Lebanon war. Hot Air and Ynet were worried taht said bombs could be used on 30 year old F5 and F$ US jet.

8/24/2007 11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The simple truth is that nothing that comes out of this administration (or it's cronies) mouth can be believed. And they only have themselves to thank for that.

8/25/2007 11:35 AM  

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