Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Weekly Standard says George Will is full of shit

I noticed yesterday that Matthew Continetti, in his idiotic attempt to spin a Wesley Clark comment into a scandal, finally admitted something that the Washington Post wouldn't: George Will is a filthy, filthy liar. Of course he did it while lying himself:

This isn't the general's first whopper. Last June, the latest Democratic candidate for president implied that he "got a call" on 9/11 from "people around the White House" asking the general to publicly link Saddam Hussein to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Last August, Clark told a Phoenix radio station that "The White House actually back in February apparently tired to get me knocked off CNN and they wanted to do this because they were afraid that I would raise issues with their conduct of the war."

Like his other two statements, Clark's latest tale bears little resemblance to reality. While it turns out Clark did receive a call "on either Sept. 12 or Sept. 13," the call wasn't from the White House. It was from Israeli-Canadian Middle East expert Thomas Hecht, who told the Toronto Star that he called to invite Clark to give a speech in Canada. As for Clark's accusation that the White House tried to have him fired from CNN--well, the general admits he has no proof. "I've only heard rumors about it," he said.

Again, let's point out that, in his original statement, Clark did not say he got a call from the White House. Continetti has twisted the words and gotten them, unsurprisingly and intentionally, wrong. As I pointed out here, Clark says from the very beginning that his call was from people connected to "Middle East think tanks," but that all kinds of people were trying to connect Saddam to 9/11, including the White House and people around it. Liberals got it wrong and so did conservatives, but, you know, they should know the truth by now.

What's funny is that George Will, as I reported again and again, said that Clark was lying about the Canadian Middle East think tank. "There is no such Canadian institution," he wrote. But, note that, in all the lying, Continetti has to admit not only that there is such a Canadian instituion, but that a man from one of those institutions actually admitted calling him. Let's hear from the Toronto Star:

As Clark kicked off his campaign yesterday in Little Rock, Ark., Thomas Hecht, founder of the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies, told the Star he placed the call to Clark and drew his attention to a potential link between Saddam and the Al Qaeda suicide hijackers.

Thanks, Matt, for proving that Will's a lying liar.

As for whether or not Clark called Karl, I'm not sure, but I'm willing to believe it's a joke. However, Continetti's got bigger problems. You see, two Democrats I know told me that Continetti called a farmer I know to ask if he could have sex with the man's sheep. The farmer, though, has checked his records and says Continetti made no such call. Despicable.

What? If you don't believe me, then why would you believe three Republicans trashing a Democrat?


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