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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

JustOneMinute Revises Greenwald's Revision of "Revisionist History"

I'm no fan of the WWF, but I think they refer to this as a "smackdown." Tom Maguire at Just One Minute catches ueber-partisan Glenn Greenwald in a bit of revisionist history himself:

Glenn Greenwald, lefty fabulist extraordinaire, brings his story-telling talents to the question of whether Bill Clinton's debacle in Somalia emboldened Osama Bin Laden.
My post this morning on Salon concerns the accusation voiced this weekend by Chris Wallace in his Fox News interview with President Clinton (a favorite accusation of neoconservatives) that Clinton "emboldened" Al Qaeda when he withdrew American troops from Somalia as soon as we suffered casualties, which (so the neoconservative mythology contends) led Osama bin Laden to believe that we were weak and could be defeated.
Pardon me, it is "neoconservative mythology" that Osama was emboldened by Somalia? Well then, based on this interview, Osama must be a neocon, yes?
After a few blows, [the United States] forgot all about those titles and rushed out of Somalia in shame and disgrace, dragging the bodies of its soldiers. America stopped calling itself world leader and master of the new world order, and its politicians realized that those titles were too big for them and that they were unworthy of them. I was in Sudan when this happened. I was very happy to learn of that great defeat that America suffered, so was every Muslim....

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Mr. Greenwald builds at least part of his pro-Clinton case on the use of selective excerpts. For example, the Times story noted below cited Bob Dole as a Senate leader of the group supporting the President's plan to stay an additional six face-saving months in Somalia. However, Greenwald gave us this snippet to make his contra-historical argument that Dole was in the Cut and Run contingent:
GOP Minority Leader Sen. Robert Dole, Senate speech, October 5, 1993

I think it is clear to say from the meeting we had earlier with--I do not know how many Members were there--45, 50 Senators and half the House of Representatives, that the administration is going to be under great pressure to bring the actions in Somalia to a close.
Oh, please. Let's go with a longer excerpt, shall we?

I think it is clear to say from the meeting we had earlier with--I do not know how many Members were there--45, 50 Senators and half the House of Representatives, that the administration is going to be under great pressure to bring the actions in Somalia to a close. It is up to the administration to give us a plan--a plan--not a U.N. plan, an American plan, that will stress American interests because I do think if we just say, `OK, we are out of there,' and everybody packs up and goes home, we place American hostages in danger, of course. We also, I think, would jeopardize anything else we might be involved in from this time for the next 5 or 10 years.
Any questions?

Apparently Glenn Greenwald is a liar... a liar adorned with kneepads.

Read the whole post, because that wasn't the only historical fact that Glenn misrepresents in his defense of the ueber-Bubba.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler