For anyone watching television last night, there was a stunning moment of clarity about Iraq. Sadly, it wasn’t in Bush’s speech, but in the “analysis” afterwards. And for those wondering how we got into this mess, here’s an answer: the media continue to refuse to call the administration on its deceptions… indeed, they even praise the skill with which they are perpetrated.
Witness uber-pundit David Gergen’s dissection of Bush’s speech last night on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now. While admitting that the president’s linking of 9/11 with Iraq was a “myth” he, in the next breath, praised Bush’s masterful use of his “trump card” -- a term Gergen used no less than three times. Here’s the money exchange… and keep in mind that Gergen is considered a voice of reason in D.C.
ZAHN: Do you think the president overreached with these multiple references to 9/11, when there's been absolutely no linkage established between the actions of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, on that horrible day.
GERGEN: Well, listen, I was troubled and at times offended by the regularity of coming back to 9/11.… Having said that, even though you and I may not like it, it's my political judgment that that trump card has worked well for the president in the past. It's likely to work reasonably well here.
In card games, trumps frequently figure in trick-taking games such as bridge, euchre, and spades. Trumps are cards (usually, all the cards of one particular suit) which rank above non-trump cards...