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Self-referential Lies

May 20th, 2013 - 2:12 am

It’s them low-level officials acting up again. The Blaze reports another leak.  “The U.S. has apologized to Israel for leaking details of the attack in Syria. Senior administration officials said to their [Israeli] counterparts that they are examining the issue and that low-level [officials] were responsible for the leak. US officials told that they [will] review the matter. The leak forced Assad to react harshly.”

Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center, told TheBlaze, “It requires the Syrians to react officially rather than deny that it happened or that it was an accident. It forces Syria and Hezbollah and Iran to react officially and say they want to seek revenge, which makes things more dangerous for Israel.”

“Can you imagine if things were reversed and somebody did that to the U.S.?” he added.

There are no “somebodys” in the US, Barry. Only flunkeys who do the wrong things entirely on their own.

Israel was identified in a CNN article dated May 3. “The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials first told CNN.”

U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon.

One official said the United States had limited information so far and could not yet confirm those are the specific warplanes that conducted a strike. Based on initial indications, the U.S. does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strikes.

The New York Times also carried the story on the same day. “WASHINGTON — Israel aircraft bombed a target in Syria overnight Thursday, an Obama administration official said Friday night, as United States officials said they were considering military options, including carrying out their own airstrikes.”  The NYT story said the Israelis weren’t talking, but their American sources — peons to be sure  – had a great deal to say.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington declined on Friday night to comment on the Israeli attack, which was first reported by CNN, saying only in a statement, “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, specially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

The Israeli attack came as the Obama administration — as part of its examination of possible responses to obtaining conclusive proof that Mr. Assad has used chemical weapons — is considering military options with allies. Those options include attacking Syria’s antiaircraft systems, military aircraft and some of its missile fleet, according to senior officials from several countries.

Those officials say that attacking the chemical stockpiles directly has been all but ruled out. “You could cause exactly the disaster you are trying to prevent,” a senior Israeli military official said in an interview last week in Tel Aviv.

But attacking Mr. Assad’s main delivery systems, the officials say, would curtail his ability to transport those weapons any significant distance. “This wouldn’t stop him from using it on a village, or just releasing it on the ground, or handing something to Hezbollah,” said one European official who has been involved in the conversations. “But it would limit the damage greatly.”

A paranoid person might think that someone in the administration — low level of course — was simultaneously glad to report that Israel had enforced President Obama’s Red Line so he wouldn’t have to sweat bullets while simultaneously relieving him of the the remotest responsibility for it.

It’s like those scenes in police stations where the answer to every question is, “he did it”.

At any rate some beneficial purpose was served though who can say what. But we live in an age of marvels, where stuff just happens, where Presidents learn of their subordinate’s actions only after reading the newspapers and Libyan out for a walk attack embassies at the instigation of YouTube videos and yet people can’t recall nothing about nothing.

Of course the Syrians would have strongly suspected, if not outright known that someone like Israel was responsible for obliterating one of their top-secret military facilities. But as Barry Rubin pointed out, knowing and hearing someone fess up to it are two different things. Just ask Eric Holder or any of the administration’s spokespersons whose memory can alternate in an instant between photographic and completely amnesiac. It is apparently permissible to insult the intelligence of the listener for so long as the dishonesty is uttered in a solemn and lawyerly way, though perhaps that is a contradiction in terms or even worse a term of art.

What is interesting to consider is whether things were always this way — only we are more aware of the evasions now — or whether Washington DC is now so saturated with spin doctors, communications consultants and attorneys that they’ve spun everything conceivable on general principle so that we’ve reached the point where they only completely factual thing on the front pages of the major newspapers is the date on the masthead.

That raises a peculiar problem, which can be phrased in this way: if one day the administration decided to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth how would we know?  Would we recognize it? How would a public accustomed to be lied to and spun finally regard a true fact? The first reaction to anything presenting itself as the truth would probably be suspicion.

“No it can’t be.”

And perhaps for that reason there’s no alternative but to keep telling fibs, planting questions in open forums, rigging polls, seminar calling TV shows, leaking secrets, parsing words, redacting memos, altering talking points.  This is how we talk to each other now in a world where there is no alternative to lying.  We are hoist by our petard. Doomed to pay each other in debased coinage. After all this time maybe even the truth would not recognize itself.


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Curse this retarded commenting interface. That was supposed to be the "flag at whitehouse dot gov" email address for your DIY Stasi neighbors from a few years ago.
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Interesting that the clumsy PJM html mangler stripped off my blockquote tags that had made clear that my first two paragraphs are from the wiki. Removal of that feature could create some copyright liability issues.
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Obama and his people are idiots. They're going to get people killed, lots of people. I hope to hell that a lot of them end up being the liberal, progressive Democrats who elected this sick f*ck.

Israel, for certain, will share nothing with this Administration or the U.S. military.
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So just because some "US officials" said Israel attacked Syria, we're supposed to believe it?

As a matter of policy and self-preservation I assume everything that appears in NYT or WaPo is a lie, and anything from the Obambus regime is absurd gibberish.

So it may be rude or suspicious that any of these maroons asserts that Israel bombed Syria, and people may choose to react as if it were true, as if they believed these utterly non-credible sources, but anyone who acts that way - is probably lying, too.

Have a nice day, or at least tell people you did.
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Wretchard said:

"There are no “somebodys” in the US, Barry. Only flunkeys who do the wrong things entirely on their own."

I would not expect reasonable competent people to be on Obama's staff. My expectation would be a gaggle of moonbats wearing Che Guevara t-shirts. It will be a miracle if these idiots don't stupid us into economic collapse or a major war.

When Obama first ran for President, the words "socialist demagogue" were flashing over his head like a neon sign. The American people ignored the obvious and elected him President. Obama then did his worst, the American people bought the MSM swindle a second time and reelected him. We walked over the cliff like mindless sheep with our eyes wide shut.

History's final critique concerning America's suicide will be devastating.
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History will include side notes on how Obama used the law enforcement arms of Federal government to attack his opposition, illegal campaign contributions, and out and out fraud to steal the election, much as Kennedy did (oh..but Kennedy's stole election was a good thing, right? Camelot!).
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If truth be told, we often say
Observing not the doubt in play
If truth be told, the truth is rare
For fragile truth be held with care
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Knowing what we now know (and it sounds like perhaps the dam hasn't even really broken yet), perhaps flag@whitehouse.gov/Attack Watch! was a bit more significant than the goofing that we gave it at the time.

Also, second look at Breitbart's death? /tinfoil
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Curse this retarded commenting interface. That was supposed to be the "flag at whitehouse dot gov" email address for your DIY Stasi neighbors from a few years ago.
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Unless I personally witness an event, touch and smell the reality as well as hear it's sound I do not believe anything coming out of anywhere.
My first thoughts are, what are the politics, the religion, ethnicity of the report that can be adjusted to show propaganda value for and against.
As has been said here more than once, it's like a page out of 1984 the novel.
Even the weather channel has been taken under the Ministry of Propaganda (MSNBC) you cannot believe the weather people!
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3 Fox News people targeted by DOJ: James Rosen, William LaJunesse and a producer.

Also, 12 major Romney donors were audited within 90 days of donating.

I believe we haven't begun to even seen the tip. Only one IRS official has testified and 5 years of intimidation must momentarily cease. Expect an avalanche of revelations in the coming days from those who have incurred the wrath of this gang.
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Limbaugh: GOP fundraisers are saying that they can't get anyone (e.g. major donors) to write a check, for fear of being targeted by the IRS. Speculates that the motivation of Lois Lerner @ IRIS for revealing the two year old knowledge about political targeting is actually the 2014 election cycle.

Make some sense, if the Obama team is as smart as they claim. Obama knows he can't be touched. Any investigation would take years. Meanwhile, use the unlawful IRS intimidation tactics to shut down fundraising for Democrat opposition.

Coup d'état by the left. Looks like conservatives will have to take Obama's advice:

"I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face."

They are using the US Government to instill fear. They want us to fear them, bend over, grab our ankles ....

Seems that Obama and Holder were prescient in predicting right wing radicalism and "terrorism". They're going to ensure it happens by using government power to stomp on Americans until the right wing reacts.
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Eric Arthur Blair knew the ways of government more than 70 years ago. Writing under his pen name, George Orwell, Newspeak was introduced to the world with the publication of his 1949 novel, 1984. Today's verbal machinations are much the same. Truth is the unrecognizable stranger in a world unpinned from reality.
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The "American Spectator" has an interesting article connecting the IRS Union, which was actively opposing Tea Party efforts by financing opposition groups and candidates (NTEU) with President Obama's policy decision to focus IRS attention on these groups. A meeting on March 31, 2010 was followed by Executive Order 13522 and new IRS directives April 1st and 2nd empowering the NTEU to make management decisions within the IRS.

If any part of this proves true, it's an impeachable offense.

Folks have discussed dismantling the IRS, flat tax, and such. However, the MINIMUM Americans should insist on is dismantling the public employee unions across the board. Paying unions with taxpayer dollars to organize against the American taxpayers is stupid, if not immoral.

http://spectator.org/archives/2013/05/20/obama-and-the-irs-the-smoking
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"... IRS directives April 1st and 2nd empowering the NTEU to make management decisions within the IRS."

I should have added that the IRS directive to target Tea Party groups occurred as part of those IRS management decisions. Read the article. The NTEA partnership with Obama, is the devil in all these details.
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The Bengazi investigation by Congress is exposing the method used by the Executive branch to control the narrative. The method is the same one used by grifters for ages. From the point of view of the “mark”, what you see is all there is. (WYSIATI)
What is the method? The executive branch first crafts talking points that conform to the narrative. Next an executive spokesperson is selected to deliver the narrative to the Sunday Show host. The Sunday Show host is the “mark”. They are known to be unwilling or unable to challenge the spokesperson. When the show is done, the talking points are the truth.
Poor Bob Schrieffer, host of the once proud “Face the Nation”. He’s now railing against the “dumb and dumber” members of the executive branch. He doesn’t realize he was/is the “mark”.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57585200/bob-schieffer-on-dumb-and-dumber-in-washington/
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