Friday, March 21, 2008

Shorthanded


Yesterday I asked if Bush’s claim that Iran had “announc[ed] they want to destroy countries with a nuclear weapon” and “declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people” was a new escalation of his usual false claim that the Iranian government has said it wants nuclear weapons. Evidently it was just “shorthand.” White House spokesmodel Gordon Johndroe explains: “The president was referring to the Iranian regime’s previous statements regarding their desire to wipe Israel off the map. The president shorthanded his answer with regard to Iran’s previously secret nuclear weapons program and their current enrichment and ballistic missile testing.”

Shorthanded. I prefer to think of it as a Reese’s peanut butter cup moment: “Hey, you got your lie about Iran wanting to wipe out Israel in my lie about Iran saying it wants nuclear weapons!” “Hey, you got your lie about Iran saying it wants nuclear weapons into my lie about Iran wanting to wipe out Israel!”

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