If wishes were horses, Cliff May would still be an ass
Cliff May, who does some of his stupidest work on the weekends when Bill Buckley is in his coma and K-Lo is working on her Duran Duran fan-fic, somes up with this gem of woulda-shoulda-coulda that plays fast and loose with the facts just enough to make him sound smart to the Fox News crowd:
Imagine if, immediately after the criticism of the â€œ16 wordsâ€ in Bushâ€™s State of the Union, the administrationâ€™s response had not been, in essence: â€œOh, gosh, golly, gee, weâ€™re so sorry, those words shouldnâ€™t have been included, it was a big mistake.â€
Imagine if the response had been instead: â€œThe President cited British intelligence which continues to believe Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa. We believe our British friends know what they are talking about.â€
Then Wilson would have happily leaked details â€“ both true and false â€“ of his secret mission to Africa and he would written his op-ed. Administration officials would — and should– have been responded by saying: â€œJoe Wilson believes that the 8 days he spent at a hotel in Niamey, sipping mint tea with government officials, provided him with more information and insight than British intelligence has gathered over the past few years. Heâ€™s entitled to his opinion. We donâ€™t share it.â€
And if the administration had wanted to play hard-ball it might have added: â€œWe regret that the CIA had no one on staff available to undertake this sort of investigation.â€
They would have refrained from adding: â€œNo doubt all the CIA staffers were too busy writing tell-all books criticizing the president.â€
One imagines May sitting in an empty apartment mulling over every devasating retort he couldn’t manage to spit out, but thought of later, every time a woman left him .
That’ll show ’em.