American Elephants


The Art of Controlling the Public Vocabulary. Sometimes Called Propaganda. by The Elephant's Child

Vice President Joe Biden recently announced that he didn’t think that the terrorists were able to pull off another attack like the attack on the twin towers on 9/11. “They are, in fact, not able to do anything remotely like they were able to do in the past.” And the Iraq War was lost many moons ago and anyway it should be divided into three states.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs assured us that Iran’s claims about nuclear enrichment were not matched by reality.

“The Iranian nuclear program has undergone a series of problems throughout the year; we do not believe they have the capability to enrich to the degree to which they now say they are enriching.

The notably reluctant UN just belatedly announced that the Iranian theocracy is focused very seriously on obtaining a warhead.

Victor Davis Hanson notes in a post at the Corner:

This administration has a particularly bad record of prognostication (cf. last year’s assurances on the unemployment rate, the number of jobs saved or created, the size of the deficit, etc.).

This administration has an even worse record of consistency, e.g., former fat cats on Wall Street are now wealth producers; once-taboo nuclear power is now viable; KSM will/will not be tried in New York; previously anti-Constitutional protocols from renditions, tribunals and wiretaps to Predators, Iraq, and Guantanamo are now apparently acceptable anti-terrorism methodologies.  I am sure that, if need be, they with blithely and without embarrassment offer us a new narrative in which, in fact, al-Qaeda is still dangerous in the 9/11 sense and Iran is most assuredly is close to getting a bomb.

This is usually called “hubris.” Joe Biden’s most consistent record is one of being wrong on almost everything.   He said Dick Cheney has not given President Obama credit for killing dozens of al Qaeda  leaders in what he characterized as a more aggressive fight against terrorism than was waged under the Bush administration. One of  Vice President Cheney’s consistent criticisms it that Obama is not treating the fight against terrorism as a war.

Biden responded: “The President of the United States said in the State of the Union, ‘We’re at war with al Qaeda.’ He stated this — and by the way, we’re pursuing that war with a vigor like it’s never been seen before.”

In the meantime, the Iraq War has — a new name.  No longer Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Obama administration has decided to call it “Operation New Dawn.” Defense Secretary Gates said:

Gates writes that by changing the name at the same time as the change of mission — the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. combat troops — the US is sending “a strong signal that Operation IRAQI FREEDOM has ended and our forces are operating under a new mission.”

The move, Gates writes, “also presents opportunities to synchronize strategic communication initiatives, reinforce our commitment to honor the Security Agreement, and recognize our evolving relationship with the Government of Iraq.”

As Jonah Goldberg said ” I guess “Operation Defend Biden’s Gaffe” was too blunt.

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Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffe history is long.
The administrations rhetoric never matches
what they are doing , or planning.
#1 Government cannot create jobs.
#2 Why the year long focus on the
Health care take over.
#3 Jobs was just a thing to say to get elected.

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