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May 11, 2007

Tenet Produces Another Meaningless Cloud of Words

While George Tenet may be weak in some areas, he is quite skilled in others: for instance, blathering on and on and on without actually saying anything. For instance, see here. And here's another example, from NPR yesterday:

NPR: Why was that [that the pre-war UN inspections found nothing] disregarded?

TENET: Well, it's not disregarded. First of all, the inspections regimes themselves had eroded considerably over the course of time. We didn't have anytime anywhere access. We were limited to sites that we had previously visited. Nobody believed we were going to find things at sites the Iraqis had previously declared to the UN. So, tell me something we don't know. The question ultimately is, if you believed as we believed, that he was deceived and hiding, where is this stuff? Okay? So, it's not a question of not factoring it in. It's not a question of -- you know, having a terrible -- I thought we had a pretty good relationship with the UN and supporting them. But that's not how Iraq worked, Mary Louise.

To the degree it's possible to tease any meaning out of this—e.g., that UNMOVIC wasn't allowed to go wherever they wanted—it is of course complete bullshit. But mostly it's just white noise.

Posted at May 11, 2007 07:08 PM | TrackBack

There's more meaning here:
My neurons fire
My neurons fire
Why aim when you can shoot
I like the triple-shot latte
Look I snorted the whole gram
I will audition for Faces of Meth

Posted by: hedgehog at May 12, 2007 12:35 PM

Speaking of word clouds, I had the same thought when I heard Dennis Ross being interviewed, also on NPR, on the subject of Israel and Palestine.

My rough translation:
blah blah Peace Process, blah blah Comprehensive Settlement, blah blah Bring All Parties to the Table, blah blah Road Map...

That's all I was able to get before I lost consciousness. But isn't that the point of all such discussions of the "Middle East Peace Process"? All this blather is nothing more than: "Move along, nothing interesting to see here..."

After all, for Israel to get its $5 billion a year from the U.S., they don't really need the support of the American people, they just need for us to be bored and distracted, so they can keep on doing exactly what they've been doing for the past 60 years. And Dennis Ross and his ilk perform that "bore and distract" function admirably.

Posted by: SteveB at May 12, 2007 02:38 PM