posted on Jun, 27 2006 @ 11:54 AM
In my mind, there are four possibilities here.
1) Both The NYTimes and President Bush are articulating what they feel is accurate and within their rights to articulate.
2) The NYTimes is reporting what it believes to be true information that the public has a right to know, and President Bush and/or others associated
with him don't want that information being made public for their own nefarious reasons.
3) President Bush is expressing honest concern on his part or the part of others associated with him, and the NYTimes is trying to make him and his
administration look bad.
4) Both the Bush administration and The NYTimes are grinding the respective axes of their ideological supporters, political and public alike.
If I'm completely objective about it, I have to at least consider numbers 1 and 4 (which are far from mutually exclusive.) If there is one thing I
say in the course of my life that I hope at least one person heeds, it is this: both "sides" are equally capable, inclined, and have the resources
necessary to carry out PR and disinformation campaigns of startling magnitude. I do not believe for one moment that any typical member of the public,
either on the so-called "right" or the so-called "left," is capable of saying with authority and certainty what exactly is going on. Do I believe
a conspiracy is and has been afoot? Yes. In fact, I believe there are and have been multiple competing agendas at work here. Do I believe either
"side" has a monopoly on wrongdoing and conspiracy as it pertains to the "War On Terror?" No.
The more aware we become of wrongdoing and deceit, the more polarized we as a people become. Has anyone ever stopped to consider how conveniently this
insulates any potential less visible, bipartisan (or non-partisan) conspiracy with a shape similar to, yet concealed by, the one(s) we argue
about incessantly? Perhaps the people we read about in the news, each supporting one side against another, aren't even aware that what they perceive
as their own heartfelt beliefs are being used to conceal a far more unified and unseen plot unfolding. Compartmentalization can achieve a dizzying
array of effects, not the least among them being the total obliviousness of direct participants to what they're participating in. Just a thought.