Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Tooth Fairies, Unicorns, Big Foot

I think I will put thestory in today's Washington Post ("Rethinking Embattled Tactics in Terror War") in the I'll believe it when I see it category. What the administration is thinking about is how to spin what is being uncovered, not what the actual tactics are. The first "new thinking" was to attack the press for publishing some fairly vague stories about what is being done, and although it did get the right wingers in a frenzy, I don't think it really trickled down to the general public. (Plus, it were anything more than a PR strategy, shouldn't the FBI be interrogating journalists and the WH pulling the New York Times' press credentials?)

No, the WH is trying to spin in light of some questioning by even their ideological allies, not actually rethinking what tactics are being used to fight terror and whether they are Constitutional or subject to oversight. That's not what this WH does -- hasn't for 5 1/2 years, isn't about to now. Remember these are the "grown ups" and you aren't supposed to ask Mommy and Daddy tough questions.