Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Republicans Are Masters of the "Reverse Spin"

I really believe that it is possible the leak of the National Intelligence Estimate report was another example of shrewd "reverse spinning". I got this feeling when I saw the CNN TV report last night when, after the initial comment that "jihadists will grow in number as a result of the Iraq War", the list given pointed out a list of positive results in an admittedly nasty undertaking.

For example, the NIE states that while the jihadists consider the Iraq War a "cause celebre", it is clear that doing well in Iraq will help diminish the urge of muslims to join the cause. Also, "the loss of key leaders, particularly Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and [Abu Musab] al-Zarqawi, in rapid succession, probably would cause the group to fracture into smaller groups."

Therefore the stratagem of the Democrats may fall flat since they will have trumped up the negativity of the report which does reveal some very negative things, but in fact illustrates some very plausible advice. Such as "exposing the jihadists' radical ideology and urging respected Muslim leaders to denounce terrorist tactics, according to the report." The respected-Muslim-leader approach is very valid, in my opinion.

I think comments like those of Rep. Jane Harman, will be thought of as ones that missed their target, because there was no target. Harman said "I hear it paints a grim picture. And because it does, I am told it is being held until after the November elections. If this estimate is finished, it should not be stamped 'draft' and hidden from the American people until after the elections." (CNN)

So the point is that the Democrats accused the administration of hiding a report that was negative. So they release the report that , surprise, surprise, has some good points. Sure it ain't nearly perfect, but it throws a bucket of water on the Democrat's plan.

I still wonder if the Plamegate affair was choreographed. Ok, perhaps this is too ridiculous, but the affect was advantageous to Bush and co. And the combined issues of the Clinton-Wallace interview cum The Path to 9/11 story, showing the underbelly (and bare calves, 1, 2, *) of the Democrat beast? It seems that these embarrassments are being prepared by a few clever puppet masters. Ok, now I am dreaming.

*great video last night mentioning the finger pointing and bare calves of Bill; I must find the link!
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rod said...

[I]t is clear that doing well in Iraq will help diminish the urge of muslims to join the cause.

Please let me know when this portion of the cunning Republican plan is scheduled to commence - we've been on tenterhooks for over three years now.

Ok, now I am dreaming.


Chicago Sheri said...

Fox News yesterday:

"Foley now a Democrat according to Fox"