Anticipa-ay-tion ... It's Making Me Lie
Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 07:23:02 PM PDT
Just to try and keep a few lies documented in one place, here are this evening's offerings, inspired by today's Newsday report cited in the first item below:
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
-- President Bush, September 1, 2005
WASHINGTON-- The Homeland Security Department was warned a day before Hurricane Katrina hit that the storm's surge could breach levees and leave New Orleans flooded for weeks or months, documents released Monday show.
-- Newsday, January 23, 2006
And who can forget the recent Monty Python "Spanish Inquisition" moment for Bremer:
Washington -- Paul Bremer, who led the U.S. civilian occupation authority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, has admitted the United States did not anticipate the insurgency, NBC Television said yesterday.
-- Globe and Mail, January 7, 2006
Rebuilding Iraq will require a considerable commitment of American resources, but the longer U.S. presence is maintained, the more likely violent resistance will develop.
-- Army War College Report, February 2003
And, of course, the granddaddy of them all, that "plane flying into buildings" thing:
"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon."
-- Condoleezza Rice, May 16, 2002
WASHINGTON -- In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass casualties.
One of the imagined targets was the World Trade Center. In another exercise, jets performed a mock shootdown over the Atlantic Ocean of a jet supposedly laden with chemical poisons headed toward a target in the United States. In a third scenario, the target was the Pentagon -- but that drill was not run after Defense officials said it was unrealistic, NORAD and Defense officials say.
-- USA Today, April 18, 2004
Feel free to add suggestions and links for ridiculous "nobody anticipated" moments in comments below. Perhaps we could work up a document to include in dkospedia.
Or ... you know ... just rant and vent, share your outrage and pain.