Friday, January 20, 2006


Brent Baker, veteran Bush-Aid drinker over at Newsbusters is all a-twitter today over comments by Jack Cafferty:

“CNN's Cafferty Sees Conspiracy Helpful to Bush Behind Timing of Osama Tape”

For those of you who prefer their editorial comments not be pre-chewed, the whole transcript is here:

Read the whole thing. The “offending” comments are near the bottom…

“The last time we got a tape from Osama bin Laden was right before the 2004 presidential election. Now here we are, four days away from hearings starting in Washington into the wiretapping of America's telephones without bothering to get a court order or a warrant, and up pops another tape from Osama bin Laden. Coincidence? Who knows.”

Merriam Webster defines coincidence:

The occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection;  also   : any of these occurrences

And conspiracy:

The act of conspiring together [or] an agreement among conspirators  b : a group of conspirators

Cafferty’s comments are better understood if one includes the preface:

“This latest audiotape is the first time we've heard from Osama bin Laden since right before the 2004 presidential election. In light of last week's airstrikes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border that may have killed several high-ranking members of al Qaeda, it comes as no surprise that they would want to get the word out to the faithful that the bearded creep is alive and still running the show. It's good for morale, you know.

The Department of Homeland Security says there are no plans to raise the nation's threat level, but the thought of this mutant hanging out in a cave somewhere and sending taped threats to the American people makes me angry. Why wasn't this guy taken care of before we went wandering off into Iraq? Here's the question. How important is the new Osama bin Laden tape.

“it comes as no surprise that they would want to get the word out to the faithful that the bearded creep is alive and still running the show.”

Sounds like he’s suggesting a coincidence to me. And it sounds like he’s asking reasonable questions.

Who knows? Well, who the hell does?

Nobody in our government, IMO: If any one thing should by now be obvious to thinking people everywhere, it’s that nobody is really running the spook bureaucracies. The elected government may use them, but they long since lost control and can’t get it back. The spooks are a law unto themselves.

Accept that one point and everything else makes sense… The juiced Iraqi intelligence, the secret prisons, Osama still on the loose - even the dead babies in Damadola, murdered by spook missiles. All of it.

So you choose to put words in someone’s mouth, Mr. Baker? Prove it isn’t a conspiracy ran by some creep at CIA… It would sure help to explain why doctors, dialysis technicians, and photographers - how an entire entourage, in fact – can keep up with bin Laden but the troops can’t…

The only person who really does know the answer to Cafferty’s question is that “mutant hanging out in a cave somewhere”…

But that’s critical thinking; the topic is Newsbusters, a bunch of Kool-Aid drinkers so certain in their prejudices they are incapable of rational discussion of topics like coincidence. People who refuse to admit you can be certain and still be wrong.

To them, discussion of people or policies they are certain of is perceived as attack meriting counterattack – but never counterattack aimed at the ideas - It’s always aimed at the messengers.

Well, here’s one back at ya, Brent boy…Now don’t forget to check for anti-Bush conspirators under your bed after you put on your jammies…

I can honestly say that I would not be shocked and/or surprised to find out that some twig or branch of one of our agencies was aiding and abetting this thug.

More likely to be the Pakistani spooks, working with Iranian spooks, though.

Jihadi-ism trumps nationalism...
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