Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Look at the finger, look at the finger....[spinning Memogate]

...but never where it was pointing. Fact is, the facts about G.W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard service, or the avoision thereof, have never been definitely determined as refuted from the contents of those notorious official memos, even though the authenticity of the documents was called in question and supposedly disproved.

On what basis? The typography, of course. Seeing as the physical appearance of the papers was not consistent with typewritten documents of that span of time, the veracity of their contents was not merely doubted but thoroughly and assiduously undermined. Over this, jobs are lost, journalistic integrity is besmirched, and the so-called "liberal media" gets what is to some minds a long-overdue muzzle slapped on it, both from above and within.

And still...really, people, if you were going to create a negative false story about GW, don't you think it'd be a lot more useful to go for the throat?--maybe something involving a frat gangbang or something, or outright treason, or involvement in the Ku Klux Klan?--something that could really do some serious damage to his reputation in key voting demographics? Trying to get himself out of a possible combat situation...that's just so...normal. So believable, and even, I daresay, so typical of the image of the man already.

Might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb, so why so small and realistic a lamb?

And, conversely, if you were intent on creating a straw man of a hoax to discredit all those who believe and spread it, don't you think it'd be better to try a slightly less-believable story, one that would make people feel a bit more stupid and hindsight-skeptical for falling for it? Something like...experimental cannibalism, or Bambi-hunting, or or a secret alliance to enslave the world's population under a comprehensive ID/credit card system...something really far-reachingly nefarious? I don't know precisely why I keep thinking of "A Modest Proposal" here, but something like that in terms of objectively dismissable evidence that would hit the yokels and semi-litterati, spread, and then burst and turn into a national laugh of relief and self-ridicule...that'd learn 'em good to doubt the Prez.

But this wasn't meant for the people at large, if you look at it as any sort of a plan at all--this was for the media, to snag the media and grab 'em by the proverbial cojones. It was meant to be as real as possible, as true-to-life, as convincingly hard evidence as possible--except of course for the hard copy itself. And seeing as the hard copy is all that has been examined or (given standard terms of confidentiality and military loyalty to the present commander-in-chief) has been permitted to be examined, the central question remain unsettled.

Was George W. Bush more concerned with serving his father's and his own personal-political futures than serving his country in the military?

And would his priorities lead to pulling any official strings necessary to get what he wanted?

I think that's a bit more important an issue than the authenticity of a typewriter. Documents can be forged--and they can also be deliberately copied to be set up as forgeries. Given the lack of deviation from the normal and mundane pattern here--given the sheer banality of the idea that a son of politics and privilege might have maneuvered behind the scenes to get out of his military duties to work on his father's campaign--I don't think that the story itself has been blown yet. It's just a bit too...natural, you see.

And a bit too convincing as a warning to the media not to be too bold--not to accuse, not to delve in too deep. Actually, not to be too much like the media, or certain parts of it, about thirty-two years ago, when a certain re-election campaign was assiduously gathering its temporal power...

Revenge for Watergate? Why, what a conspiracy-minded idea...I certainly must be a paranoid nut-job to even let the thought pass through my mind....

Okay, everyone, just keep looking at that finger.

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