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Justice Jukebox: John McCutcheon, “Let’s Pretend”

September 21, 2007

Justice Jukebox

At the risk of engaging in that heinous crime of “Bush-bashing,” in this installment of Justice Jukebox I offer John McCutcheon‘s “Let’s Pretend” as a tribute to the courageous U.S. senators who voted overwhelmingly this week to condemn MoveOn’s full page New York Times ad that dared to suggest (gasp) that General Petraeus’s testimony was filled with deceptions aimed at persuading Congress and the American people to support continuation of the war, while failing to support legislation that would have required that our troops spend as much time at home as they spent overseas before being redeployed. Now that’s showing support for the troops!

Never mind that the substantive charges made in the ad about the way in which the numbers on violence used by Petraeus were deceptive have not been successfully answered. Never mind that the hearings revealed virtually no progress toward political stability in Iraq — they stated purpose of the surge — and that General Petraeus was unable to answer the most important question put to him: when and how will this end.

Meanwhile, we get this from the redoubtable Alan Greenspan: “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” Hey, now there’s something I don’t recall our courageous representatives asking about in the “debate” about Iraq. I guess you only get to tell the truth in Washington after you retire.

But hey, Let’s Pretend!

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