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But here's the point. Bush, for a good while now--including back during his September speech to the United Nations--has increasingly made reference, not only to terrorists opposing the U.S. in Iraq, but also regime "holdouts." Put differently, he's been more frank about the somewhat variegated nature of the opposition in Iraq recently. So my concerns at least, as someone who has followed the issue pretty closely, have been allayed somewhat recently.
But then MaDo comes in and ignores all the evidence to the contrary to facilitate her slanted, anti-Bush op-ed writing process.
Gregory Djerejian then provides the specifics on various Bush speeches where he specifically speaks about the difference between terrorists in Iraq, who mostly come from somewhere else, and regime holdouts like the Saddam Fedayeen and ex-military officers. Djerejian lumps Dowd in with Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair, but of course the one difference is that Dowd writes an op-ed column; she is not reporting news, but giving opinion, which has a lower editorial threshold. Nevertheless, her many and focused inaccuracies have, in Glenn Reynolds' words, made her name synonymous with lying.
My prediction, of course, is that the Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints Dowd's article within the week. If Dowd is synonymous with lying, then the Strib has become the poster child for left-wing, unthinking me-tooism.Sphere It View blog reactions
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