Monday, November 14, 2005

Reality Therapy for Lefties: Bush Did Not Lie

From Ralph Kostant:

Every Hedghog reader should carry around copies of Norman Podhoretz’s column in today’s . . . Opinion Journal . . . , to be distributed whenever one hears a Lefty friend decry how the Bush Administration deliberately misled the country regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Perhaps caring friends and family members of Robert Scheer and Ariana Huffington could stage a deprogramming intervention, in which Scheer and Huffington would be forced to listen to repeated readings of this column until their brain-washing is reversed. Or would that be condoning torture?

Ralph B. Kostant


Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

Norman Podhoretz, even while surgically dismantling this "Big Lie" from the left and their willing collaborators in the press, acknowledges the uphill battle that those interested in truth face on this issue:

"What makes this charge [that Bush misled us into an immoral war] so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike. In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up, or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what.

"Nevertheless, I want to take one more shot at exposing it for the lie that it itself really is. Although doing so will require going over ground that I and many others have covered before, I hope that revisiting this well-trodden terrain may also serve to refresh memories that have grown dim, to clarify thoughts that have grown confused, and to revive outrage that has grown commensurately dulled."

Thanks to Ralph for pointing it out, to Hedgehog for posting Ralph's comments and to the WSJ for picking up the article (which will also appear in the December issue of Commentary ).

This is, unfortunately, not the only story that has been turned completely around--and found its way into the public "mind"--by incessant and insidious repetition of demonstrable lies.


Posted by BlueBuffoon

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 9:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity, why do you hold the writings of Norman Podhoretz in such high esteem and not those of Pat Buchanan?  

Posted by Elmer Fishpaw

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 9:22:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Elmer: Surely you are not serious. 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 7:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm serious. It's an honest question. The naivete I've exhibited by asking such a question probably stems from not being one of you (conservative). I used to think Buchanan was an unhinged extremist. Podhoretz I'd only heard about, but had never read. I thought they both had sufficiently conservative credentials to be taken seriously by the conservative movement as a whole, even if they didn't exactly see eye to eye on every issue. Now Buchanan has started to make more and more sense to me every day, while Podhoretz seems the unhinged extremist. I might even subscribe to 'The American Conservative' (Buchanan is a columnist) for a year to see how I like it, though I'll never share Buchanan's reverence for Reagan. I know I won't ever subscribe to Commentary.

So maybe you could humor a flaming liberal with a brief explanation as to why Buchanan's criticism of the direction of the Republican party and the Iraq invasion doesn't have any more credibility with you than would a similar criticism leveled by a writer for 'The Nation' or 'Mother Jones?'

Thank you


Posted by Elmer Fishpaw

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:52:00 AM  

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