July 27, 2003

Spinmeisters in need of fodder
Antonia Zerbisias of the Toronto Star:

It's almost as if the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division in Iraq didn't get the memo. Not to take away from its successful shredding of the evil spawn of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay, but could it have timed it any worse?

Tuesday was all set as the White House's very own production of American Idol, the return of Pfc. Jessica Lynch, 20, to her West Virginia hometown. The media Lynch mob should have been enough to divert attention away for at least a day from the slow but steady sinking of George W. Bush in the polls, as well as his administration's fudging of yellowcake and the making of other cow pies that led to war and the sad state of his economy.

What? You think it was pure coinkidink that, on Thursday, when that blacked-out 9/11 commission report was released that
(1) so were photos of the very dead Brothers Badenov;
(2) the government staged a very videogenic Al Qaeda attack drill, or;
(3) that Vice-President Dick Cheney finally slithered out of his nest to speechify about how no president has fought terrorism like Bush has?

[N]ow that Lynch is home and the Hussein boys are "really most sincerely dead,'' the White House spinmeisters will need yet another diversionary, dog-wagging tactic. Yet another terror alert is not likely to do the trick. Besides, we've seen that show before.

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