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Saturday, May 31, 2008

FactCheck Check

I haven't been keeping up with the Washington Post Fact Check, but this is too good to skip.

topay Michael Dobbs compared the McCain campaign to minitrue

But verb tenses matter, particularly in the case of Iraq, where it is very difficult to predict what is going to happen next week, let alone next month. By the Scheunemann standard of linguistic analysis, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Bush administration's claim of "Mission Accomplished" back in May 2003. As we now know, a few things happened after that date to make the claim somewhat premature.

Taking a decision to do something and actually implementing it are two very different matters. To claim the contrary reminds me of the motto from the Ministry of Information in George Orwell's 1984: "He who controls the past controls the future; and he who controls the present controls the past."

Ouch ! that's gotta hurt.

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