Now it’s okay if the war was about oil

I’ve long admired how effective the Bush administration has been when it comes to lying about something, getting caught in the lie, and then justifying the truth they initially sought to lie about. It seems to work on at least 30-something percent of the population, who are willing to vocally defend the lie, and then when the truth is revealed, say that the same reality they were moments ago arguing against is now totally okay with them.

Reading the letters to the editor in today’s Journal Star, it’s now completely okay with Jim Harnley of Seward if the Iraq war is actually about oil. He doesn’t go far enough to say that he actually believes that it is – he just lays the groundwork so that if the rest of the party moves to that point, he has demonstrated that he’s okay with it, therefore he won’t be a hypocrite.

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