Friday, August 15, 2003

He Who Must Not Be Named

I thought I caught this on NPR yesterday, but it was quickly swamped by blackout coverage. Still, a check of the online White House transcripts did have the President's remarks at an Air Station near San Diego yesterday.

The quote that they had on NPR that rather leapt out at me was

: "In the last two days, we captured a major terrorist, named Hambali. He's a known killer who was a close associate of September the 11th mastermind Khalid Shaykh Muhammad."
Now it's just a wild guess, but I would say if you asked 100 people in the country who was the mastermind behind 9/11, very few of them would mention Khalid. However, since he's the one who has been captured, he gets named.

While this doesn't rise to the level of "historical revisionism" (which is a very low bar at the moment) it certainly seems to be yet another self-serving view of history from our cynical administration.