September 28, 2006
The New Tora Bora Bazora
I'm listening to Hugh Hewitt, who (after a completely inaudible "interview" with Mark Steyn via bad cellphone) is now broadcasting the Senate blathering of Sen. Patrick "Leaky" Leahy (D-VT, 100%) about the military tribunals bill. And this is what Leahy just said, word for word, near as I can recollect (and it is seared, seared in my memory):
Even though they [the Bush administration] had him [Osama bin Laden] cornered at Tora Bora, they yanked the special forces out of there to send them into Iraq.
Is it just me?
I was evidently misinformed that the Battle of Tora Bora took place sometime in December of 2001. There was not even a resolution on the table to invade Iraq at that time... the resolution was not even introduced into the Senate until October 2nd, 2002; it passed the Senate without amendment on October 11th, and was signed by the president on the 16th. And we did not send troops there until March of 2003.
So in the consensus reality -- rather than in Leahy's own private version of history -- more than two solid years elapsed between the battle of Tora Bora and the call-up of troops for an invasion of Iraq. Whatever caused us not to kill or capture bin Laden in 2001, it certainly had nothing to do with the not-yet-extant invasion of Iraq.
Has this been the Democrats' plan all along, why they took over the government schools: to so damage Americans' knowledge of history that demented demagogues like Pat Leahy can make risible claims like this on the Senate floor and not be laughed out of Congress?
I eagerly await the transcription in the Congressional Record, to see whether he decides to "revise and extend his remarks."
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 28, 2006, at the time of 3:49 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Nuclear Siafu
Government schools don't even cover current events in their history classes. They go up to the Civil Rights movement and that's it.
There used to be a show called "Channel One," an MTV-ish program covering current events that a lot of the schools tape and run during homeroom. One of their hosts earned my respect and admiration when he was invited to a tour of North Korea and managed to sneak in a camera to show things his government minder hadn't approved.
If they're still around, then the kids might know enough to laugh at the senator if he actually said that.
The above hissed in response by: Nuclear Siafu at September 28, 2006 4:05 PM
The following hissed in response by: Infidel
Some think the public schools are a massive failure. This notion is incorrect - their original mission, according to Thomas Mann, the "Father" of public schools in the US (circa 1840) was to make submissive, obedient serfs along the lines of the Prussian school model.
So, you see, the public schools are, in fact, an overwhelming SUCCESS.
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