Tuesday, December 17, 2002

LMB brings up yet another example of the Bushies habit of publicly shooting down a controversial policy, saying that they never intended to do what the policy suggested they intended to do, and then, a few months later, coming along and doing the exact thing all over again, only under a different name and with less visibility. In this case it is the Office of Strategic Influence, the Defense Department's plan to run a disinformation campaign in foreign countries, that has gotten the facelift and re-birth treatment. Follow the link for more. Someone really should put together a comprehensive list of every time Bush and his people have done this. One I can think of off the top of my head was the early announcement in 2001 that Bush was going to close the White House AIDS office. This caused an uproar. The Bushies backed off and said they wouldn't do it. A few months later it turns out that the office still exists, has a phone number, but there is no actual office space for it and the phone number just takes you to a recording. So, they didn't eliminate the office. They just turned it into a facade and gutted the exterior. Any other examples? (Yes, I know, I need to get a comment system installed. I'm working on it).

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