Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Forgeries & WMDs

A Jonah Goldberg reader compares Rather's stance on the memos to a hypothetical Bush stance on WMDs:

Imagine this press conference:

GW Bush: We found WMD in Iraq. All of our critics have been completely discredited.

Media: Can we see them?

GW: No. You'll just have to take my word for it. We have experts to prove their authenticity.

Media: Can we talk to the experts? Can we interview the people who found the weapons?

GW: NO. And the mere fact that you are asking these questions proves that you are partisan rumor mongers. End of story. case closed.

Seems to be the comparison is not yet complete. Imagine the press conference continuing:

Media: We have pictures of the alleged WMDs. Our experts say that they're really peashooters.

GW: Our experts have credentials. We only choose experts who never wear pajamas.

Media: But our experts say that the straws in the pictures could really only be used to shoot peas.

GW: The weapons we found were clearly labelled "nuclear, biological and chemical weapons." Our experts have confirmed that.

Media: Did your experts see the weapons?

GW: We described the weapons to our experts over the phone. We told them about the "nuclear, biological and chemical weapons" label. Our experts have assured us that this labeling is consistent with WMDs.