Saturday, March 15, 2003

America is great at one thing at least

Tom Spencer says that CNN is calling W a liar, sort of. Tom quoted the following passage:
But the question remains -- who is responsible for the apparent forgeries? Experts said the suspects include the intelligence services of Iraq's neighbors, other pro-war nations, Iraqi opposition groups or simply con men. Most rule out the United States, Great Britain or Israel because they said those countries' intelligence services would have been able to make much more convincing forgeries if they had chosen to do so.
There are a couple of points to be made here: (1) America is so great that if we were to attempt this forgery (not that we would ever do that) it would have been a lot better (to which Tom replies, "Oh now that makes me feel better"). Rah Rah Rah! We're #1! If we wanted to fake you out (not that we would ever do that) you wouldn't be able to figure it out. Ain't it comforting to know that the world has such respect for our ability to lie? (2) Assuming that we are so damn good at faking documents (again, not that we would ever do that) it naturally brings up the question: why are we so bad at detecting the forgeries of others? Remember, the U.S. pushed this information as evidence of Saddams perfidy, which means we must have, at one time, thought it was real. In other words, we are admitting that we are rubes (who are also happen to be very good at faking others out as well (not that we would ever EVER do that of course!)). But, what if we aren't rubes? What if we knew, or at least suspected they were questionable, yet passed them on anyway? Well, that would just prove that we are living up to our reputation for being really good liars. USA! USA! USA!


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