George W. Bush: Impervious to Irony & Hypocrisy
George W. Bush is truly an incredible specimen. Most people have built-in irony and hypocrisy sensors that prevent them from saying things so incredibly ironic and hypocritical that their heads explode from the cognitive dissonance. Bush has no such problem; he is impervious to irony and hypocrisy. Witness this sterling example, as our president defends his use of the Domestic Spying for Security Initiative™ and protests those who leaked its existence:
(NY Times) “It is a shameful act by somebody who has got secrets of the United States government and feels like they need to disclose them publicly…. We’re at war, and we must protect America’s secrets.” [George W. Bush, 12/19/2005]
Now, compare and contrast that statement with these statements on the shameful act of publicly disclosing the United States government’s secret [identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame] during a time of war (warning: severe cognitive dissonance ahead!)
(DSCC) “I don’t know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I’d like to know it, and we’ll take the appropriate action.” [Bush Remarks: Chicago, Illinois, 9/30/03]
And this news item…
(CBS/AP) Columnist Bob Novak isn’t revealing his source in the CIA leak affair, but he says he’s confident President Bush knows who it is.
It was Novak who first published covert CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity, sparking a scandal that led the indictment of a top White House aide.
“I’m confident the president knows who the source is,” Novak said Tuesday. “I’d be amazed if he doesn’t.”
And this campaign promise:
“I will swear to uphold the laws of the land. But I will also swear to uphold the honor and the integrity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God,” said then-Governor George Bush [CNN, “Inside Politics,” 8/11/00]
Whew! I’m still here, cranium intact. But I was raised in Idaho, 2nd-reddest of red states, so perhaps I have built up a tolerance.
[UPDATE] Another doozy, courtesy of Daily Dissent. What did the president know about the legality of domestic wiretaps, and when did he know it?
“Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so. It’s important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.” [George W. Bush, April 20, 2004]
(Sigh) If only wiretaps left semen stains…