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November 19, 2004

Ix-Nay On The Iscredited-Day Erminology-Tay

Dear State Department,

I have a suggestion for you. Do remember when Secretary of State Powell appeared before the UN to talk about Iraq's WMD, and he declared "every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources... What we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence"?

I know it's hard to recall things that happened back in the hazy, distant past of 2003. But I just bring it up because -- and I know this isn't a big deal -- the Secretary turned out to be wrong about a few small details.

So just for public relations purposes, maybe it would be better if -- when Secretary Powell starts talking about exactly the same subject regarding a neighboring country whose name shares three out of four letters with Iraq -- you guys not use exactly the same term, "solid," quite as frequently:

"We believe there's solid information to substantiate clandestine Iranian efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems"... [deputy State Department spokeman Adam] Ereli said, adding that the United States is on "very very solid ground."
Posted at November 19, 2004 07:08 PM | TrackBack

They got their war, didn't they? That's all the solid evidence they need that the terminology works. They knew they were lying then, they know they're lying now, but the headlines still make it sound like there will be an Iranian nuke in every chimney this Christmas Eve. That's all that matters to Bush, Cheney, Powell and Rice.

Posted by: Bob at November 21, 2004 12:13 PM

Could their "solid ground" come from the Iranian exile group NCRI? I've got some posts on NCRI here and here.

Posted by: Pablo W at November 23, 2004 11:01 AM