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December 04, 2007

Masters Of Deception

This is from a story about the new NIE on Iran:

Several of those involved in preparing the new assessment said that when intelligence officials began briefing senior members of the Bush administration on the intercepts, beginning in July, the policymakers expressed skepticism. Several of the president's top advisers suggested the intercepts were part of a clever Iranian deception campaign, the officials said.

Here's a story from May, 2003:

Wolfowitz said the United States and coalition allies are presently engaged in a comprehensive effort to identify, assess and eliminate Iraq's WMDs and delivery systems...

But "this effort will take time," Wolfowitz observed. "Saddam Hussein was a master of deception."

I don't think either case here involves conscious lying by our idiot right-wingers. Idiot right-wingers throughout history have believed their counterparts to be Teh Masters Of Deception. I assume this is because they believe themselves to be Teh Masters as well, and think everyone else is just like them.

Of course, idiot right-wingers DO constantly engage in deception. They're just not masters of it. In fact, it's usually so transparent that a three year-old could see through it. And their idiot right-wing counterparts in other countries are the same way.

Thus, when our idiot right-wingers discover transparent lies by their idiot right-wingers, ours take this as confirmation that theirs are Teh Masters, and behind the simple lies already discovered is a Giant Palace Of Deceit. In truth, of course, there's nothing there at all.

Posted at December 4, 2007 11:44 AM

To the intelligence (sic) services of the world.

To the tune of "The Great Pretender" (The Platters):

"Oh yes, I'm the great deceiver (ooh ooh)
Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh)
I play the game but to my real shame
You've left me to dream all alone."

Posted by: donescobar at December 4, 2007 12:33 PM

Why do you spell "The" as "Teh"? Was it a typo?

Posted by: Mark Miller at December 4, 2007 01:13 PM

Of course, idiot right-wingers DO constantly engage in deception. They're just not masters of it.

it is not necessary to be 'masters' of deception if those you intend to foll are already pre-dispossed to accede to, if not to necessarily believe, the deception you're practicing. Vide: Hillary Clinton and the other Dims who supported the Iraq war resolution.

Posted by: konopelli/wgg at December 4, 2007 02:33 PM

Oh. Taht's silly.

Posted by: Mark Miller at December 5, 2007 01:29 PM