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December 28, 2006

An 'Indecent Interval'

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

President Ford hasn't even been buried yet and the media is already jumping at every chance to use his death to serve their own political agendas.

Blue Crab Boulevard on the media coverage following President Ford's death:

... there are a few people who have used the occasion of Gerald Ford's passing to launch attacks on either Ford - for daring to pardon Nixon - or as a vehicle to attack the current administration. Frank Snepp wrote a book after the Vietnam war that charged that Washington had arranged a "decent interval" between the withdrawal of American troops and the fall of Saigon. He was sued by the CIA because of that book, and lost. (Jimmy Carter's administration drove the lawsuit to completion, BTW.) I think the folks who are using Gerald Ford's death as a springboard are indulging in an indecent interval, here. Could we at least pay our respects and give a decent man a decent burial before we start again with the endless attacks?

Yes, I am talking to you, Bob Woodward. And to a number of left wing bloggers as well.

Makes a lot of sense to me; and yes, in my opinion Bob Woodward is nothing less than a self-serving jerk and political hack.

Jules Crittenden apparently agrees:

Here comes Bob Woodward, who can't wait until Ford is cold to start using him to bash Bush. Very nice. But irrelevant. He had his own tough decisions to make in his time. Bush's own father isn't crazy about the Iraq War, either. Neither is Jimmy Carter, who fumbled the Great Jihadi Wars kickoff 25 years ago, or Bill Clinton, who wanted to go after Saddam in the worst way but couldn't get it up for more than a few missiles.

Disappointing that Ford agreed to attack a sitting president's decisions on condition they not be aired until he is dead, despite the distinct possibility that would be within the sitting president's term. Disappointing that his arguments are so simplistic, at least in this presentation, and fail to address the real threat to U.S. national interest that Saddam presented and the corruption and collapse of 12 years of sanctions that was underway at the time of the invasion. Disgusting that Woodward lacks the decency to sit on this at least until after the funeral.

Amidst what is fast becoming a tool of political hacks and self-serving ass holes, let's not forget that a great man has died, a man that was a steady hand for our nation during a time of great crisis and turmoil.

Posted by Richard at December 28, 2006 7:00 AM

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