Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Hearts and minds again

According to a Tuesday AP story by Robert Burns, Donald Rumsfeld says the Defense Department is "reviewing" its policy of paying Iraqi newspapers and TV outlets to run stories we have planted. Now, normally, when a government agency says it is "reviewing" a controversial practice, it means they are considering ending it.

Not so here.

Rumsfeld had earlier said the practice had been "stopped." Now he says the was mistaken in using that word. No longer stopped, the practice is under review. So "reviewing" seems to be the word chosen here to provide a soft landing for a lie.

Reading a Rumsfeld statement is kind of like playing a record backwards.

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