The Pardu

The Pardu
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Methuselah Cabal Is Oozing From Under Every Rock. American Media Facilitates!

 The Deflection is upon us!

 The miscalculation was commensurate with the sham of "WMD."


Ugly, eh?  Basically, the AFP director simply deployed a form of the Gish Gallop debate technique. Mitt Romney successfully used the "cheap trick (gotcha) technique against President Obama in their first 2012 campaign debate. Ah success, albeit it phony, and outside the rules of engagement. It seems conservatives holster the technique for quick draw firing when cornered on a television news segment, fight back with irrational arguments and hyperbolic physical demeanor.

The Gish Gallop is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of small arguments that their opponent cannot possibly answer or address each one in real time. More often than not, these myriad arguments are full of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments - the only condition is that there be many of them, not that they be particularly compelling on their own. They may be escape hatches or "gotcha" arguments that are specifically designed to be brief, but take a long time to unravel. Thus, galloping is frequently used in timed debates (especially by creationists) to overwhelm one's opponent.

If you visited the referenced (linked) page, you noticed the technique is a debate technique with parameters that included timed topic argument or discussion. Allow me to remind the televised news segments (hosted or non-hosted) are tightly timed events. The Gish Galloper knows such and if allowed to occupy the segment with superfluous multiple points of raised voices. Stefano deployed the Jerry Springer Show model replete with a horribly shaped mouth and head shaking uncommon an organization executive. The technique never wants for a user from the Right.
A much smoother, more well-trained, and more desperate example of deflective Gish Galloping is being deployed by former Bush Era Iraq Ambassador ("The Dictator" of Baghdad), Paul Bremer is making the rounds on any network that will provide a seat on camera. The first segment below was broadcast yesterday on the Morning Joe Show. In the segment, Bremer tangled with panelist Thomas Roberts with deflection from Robert's specific questions. He successfully weaseled out of the segment primarily due to time constraints. Roberts was ready for more probing, the clock ended the segment. Gish Gallop and the ally clock!

Bremer's mission is an inarguable attempt to join Fox News GOP politicians, and Paul Wolfowitz- Deputy Secretary of Defense, (he was "a major architect of President Bush's Iraq policy and ... its most hawkish advocate,)" in reverse rationalizing the Iraq War while expressing sentiments akin to long-term US occupation of Iraq. 

Bremer Vs. Probing Show hosts
Morning Joe Show segment including advertisement. Embed below condensed to Roberts and Bremmer)
Bremmer Vs, Erin Burnett
In January 2006, Bremer appeared to view his involvement in the Iraq War strikingly different. Of course, in 2006 the US economy hadn't yet succumb to GOP economic policy and the war in Iraq was being fought with a so-called "surge." Oh yes, "The Surge:" A military counter measure with large infusion of troops (after being denied troops by Bush/Rumsfeld for years) and cash payment sot insurgents not to fight US troops. 

Bremer's interview with NBC's Brian Williams is fascinating and a hallmark in Iraq War history. It also stands in direct contrast of current GOP (McCain, Graham) claims of a war won only to be lost in 2011 when Obama withdrew all Us troops.
Interview excerpts
Some say his service laid the groundwork for possible democracy in the Middle East, others see him as a poster child for America’s mismanagement of the war—a throwback to the days of colonialism.
Brian Williams: When you heard derogatory or pejorative terms toward your role there, like “viceroy,” did that hurt you? 
Paul Bremer: “Dictator” also, was one. If you’re going to have thin skin, this is not the kind of job to take.
Just days after he got the job, Bremer says he saw an alarming report from a think tank, concluding it would take three times more US troops to stabilize Iraq than had actually been sent.
He says he tried to get the attention of his direct boss—Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Williams: You’ll need a half million soldiers. It’s a piece of paper you sent to Secretary Rumsfeld. How did he react to that? 
Bremer: So I sent a summary of it around to Rumsfeld and just said, “I thought you should take a look at this.” I never had any reaction from him.
Though Bremer says he never heard back from his direct boss, he says he then discussed his concerns with the president. According to Bremer, President Bush said he would try to get more troops from other countries, but made no mention of increasing the number of American forces.
Still, critics argue that former members of the Iraqi army, along with Saddam loyalists and displaced civil servants formed the insurgency that troubles Iraq till this day.
Williams: Whose fault is it that no one saw the insurgency coming? 
Bremer: You know I’ve thought about that as I looked back a lot, because we really didn’t see the insurgency coming.
That’s a rare admission, and Bremer goes on to question the focus of the entire Administration back then.
Bremer: It’s another question about how good our pre-war intelligence was. That the intelligence assets were largely focused on the main question: Does he have weapons of mass destruction. It happens we seem to have got that wrong. But I suspect there was very little attention paid to what kind of an insurgency would come afterwards.
The Daily Kos published a piece today that is the veritable "The Mother of GOP Iraq Deflection" screed on Bush' War in Iraq. If I have occupied you for far too long, bookmark this link and come back to read this piece.

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