Monday, December 27, 2004

Rumsfeld illustrates Administration Decisiveness

Apparently in a speech to troops today, Rumsfeld raises the spectre of conspiracy in a can. I thought that the rhetoric was that the brave men and women of United Airlines flight 93 fought the terrorist and forced the plane to crash into a field. If this is still true, what an insult to those men and women and their families! Now, what? Hell of a misstatement, don't you all think? Read this:

From CNN:

In the speech, Rumsfeld made a passing reference to United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to stop al Qaeda hijackers.

But in his remarks, Rumsfeld referred to the "the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania."

A Pentagon spokesman insisted that Rumsfeld simply misspoke, but Internet conspiracy theorists seized on the reference to the plane having been shot down.

See we shot the plane down, no wait... the brave men and women forced a crash, no...uh in an act of strategery we shot the plane down... aw, hell... I don't know... can we talk about scrap metal???!!!

Even if he misspoke, let us all consider that this is the man who is overseeing the military efforts today. Aren't we engaged in a life and death conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan not to mention other places around the world where we face a new and perpetual terrorist threat? Perhaps factual knowledge and the ability to effectively communicate might be a wee bit important to our ability to protect ourselves.

Of course, that is someone else's job, isn't it?

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