July 17th, 2007 18:32 EST
What Happened to Dotting your i's and Crossing your t's?
Reporters are not about dotting i’s and crossing t’s, not in this age of McJournalism. They are about burying bodies. So this is going to be a little midnight exhumation.
The New York Times started the week reporting that inside the White House there is talk of getting the drop on critics by starting to redeploy troops. The White House quickly denied it. Meanwhile the BBC was quoting Gen. David H. Petraeus, our commander in Iraq, as saying American troops will be needed there for years, not a year, not months, but years. Then, on Tuesday, our ambassador to Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker, rephrased General Petraeus.
So here we are, waiting for the general’s much anticipated report in September, acting as if September had any significance at all now that he has just given us a preview.
Who is jerking us around most? Official Washington, still pretending September matters, or the press, failing miserably to mention the elephant in the room. Ahem, ladies and gentlemen, if you will kindly remove your hands from your ears, the general has cleared his throat.
Sure you could split hairs, noting that he did not say we should stay, not exactly. He said we would be needed. And you could argue, as some feckless politicians do, that the situation will have improved by September. But did anybody notice the contradiction between the BBC report and the blather-as-usual pols of the left, right and middle in Washington?
Now if anybody really wants to examine this particular Looney Tune they will start writing stories about who loses money when we redeploy. And who makes money for that matter. But that would be dotting i’s and crossing t’s. The pols would rather lose lives than money any day, and the press would rather cover anything but Big Money and greed.
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