Monday, September 20, 2004

Those memos, cntd

--Hello, all. I'm in the process of trying to track down confirmation (that is, actual articles) of things I'm hearing on the net. As has now come to light, CBS obtained the spurious documents through disgruntled former National Guardsman Bill Burkett. Hints are being dropped that Burkett was deliberately funneled bogus documents through Bush viper Karl Rove's office. If true, it would not be the first time Rove has attempted such political slight-of-hand to discredit an opponent. During the 1986 Texas gubanatorial race, Rove claimed that his office had been bugged. Supposedly, the FBI found that the bugging device had a battery lifespan of only 10 hours, and privately concluded that Rove had bugged the office himself (this is another point which I'm trying to verify). I would not be at all surprised to learn that Rove channeled obviously fake documents to Burkett with the expectation that their unveracity would be revealed, thus discrediting the democrats. Can't say whether the rest of the White House was in on the plan, but I find it interesting that they withheld comment on the memos until they had been widely exposed as frauds, which means that Bush thought that there was a chance they might be real. That tells me that while the memos themselves may not be authentic, their contents deriding Bush's actions probably are.

--Meanwhile, photographer Eddie Adams has died at the age of 71. Adams is perhaps best known for capturing the moment South Vietnamese Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong prisoner on the street.


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