Recent Political Quick thoughts
The United States applauding Alain Garcia’s election in Peru would have been like applauding a PRI win in Mexico. It just goes to show how bad Bush II has made the American name and model in South America. And how cynical and dishonest his team is…
Those of you who said there wasn’t any impact to the type of evil spin and disassembling done during the Clinton years, well this is it. Now a much more nefarious leader is able to get away with spinning on humongous world issues, ala Iraq, Israel, Russia, Libya, etc. because the Clinton era legitimized the culture of spin with the flip reply, “Well, we all do it.” Still chasing the multiple wrongs make it okay to do wrong fallacy. Before and up to that point, American politicians at least had to issue the standard “I don’t recall,” denial. Not only Reagan, but Bush I, had to do so. Recall, he had to deny, deny, deny, any knowledge of the terms of the Iranian hostage crisis ending. He and the CIA had scheduled the timing of it around Reagan’s inaguration. Bush I couldn’t spin his role in it, he had to deny he had one. Hell, Bill Casey was killed during Iran-Contra because there was going to be no plausible way he could have gotten away with the old, “I don’t recall routine.”
Clinton did recall, and admitted it, but decided he could disassemble to the American public in a way that politicians post Johnson’s Vietnam debacle and Nixon’s red handed, caught on tape Watergate, had briefly assumed was taboo. A bad standard was set, and America is paying a wicked price.