Thursday, September 16, 2004

Readers may recall that a while back the Bush administration found itself in possession of some documents (apparently procured via a possibly rogue official in Italian Military Intelligence) purporting to show that Iraq was buying uranium in Niger and that Iraq, Iran, and a host of other countries were collaborating to launch terrorist attacks on the United States. The CIA regarded these as obvious forgeries, but they were in line with the ideological preconceptions of various civilians in the Defense Department and the vice president's office and so information based on these forgeries found its way into Bush's 2003 State of the Union address. After this came to light, cooler heads at the NSC and the CIA began to prevail and admitted that mistakes were made (though not before an earlier attempt to stand by the authenticity of the forgeries led someone in the administration to burn a covert CIA WMD specialist). The result, rightly, was some bad press for the Bush administration.

Documents that may or not be real that might embarrass CBS versus known forged documents that contributed to the deaths of thousands. Perspective ideed, liberal bias my ass.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Bumper Sticker Insubordination
The same is true of Lynne Gobbell of Moulton, Ala., who on Sept. 9 was fired from her job at Enviromate, a company that makes housing insulation, for driving to work with a Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker in the rear windshield of her Chevy Lumina. The person who did the firing was Phil Geddes, who owns the company and is an enthusiastic Bush supporter. (Although Gobbell hasn't done any proselytizing for Kerry at Enviromate, Geddes distributed a flyer to all Enviromate employees explaining why they should vote for Bush.) Here is how Gobbell related her story to Clyde Stancil of the Decatur Daily News:

Only after all the bad publicity was the offer made to come back to her old job. Sounds like a typical Bush supporter to me.