Friday, December 04, 2009

My Morning Wooten

Barack Obama is a text-message president. His speeches have no particular foundation in anything that precedes or follows. In his West Point address, for example, he accused the former administration of denying or ignoring requests for more troops. “Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the re-emergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive,” he speechified. Responded former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response. I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006.”
Is there no sense of outrage left on Marietta St? How about just plain honesty? Is the new policy that Jim Wooten gets to print anything he wants without accuracy or context? Does anyone even give a damn any more?

To understand why I am so furious watch the video. Not only was Shinsheki's request not granted but he was canned.

(And I understand his request was Iraq and not Afghanistan, but if you try to make that argument, understand that I will consider you just as dishonest in your reasoning as the revered Jim Wooten. Once upon a time we were told to not support a President in time of war was un-american. Things never change - except when they do)


Anonymous said...

Military vs the neocons are both rats jumping from a sinking ship. Believe either in the emerging revisionism at your peril.

The Newsman said...

The truth of the matter is that the AJC doesn't have real proofreaders anymore, just some youngsters who know how to use spellcheck. It's completely unrealistic to expect them to have even the rudimentary building blocks to discern factual inaccuracies in something Jim Wooten wrote. Although, clearly, that particular possibility ought to be very high on their radar.