Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shocking Allegations!

That's the phrase CNN keeps shouting at me this morning from the other room, in reference to McClellan's statements. Shocking? To whom, at this point? I suppose I'm a little shocked that he'd actually come out and say it, as opposed to stonewalling right on through to his deathbed, but people do sometimes develop a conscience and some guilt at the part they've played in a tragedy. So, good for him.


Blogger Scott said...

I'm as glad as anyone that the GOP are eating their own, but I'm afraid I can't be as generous to Mr. McClellan as you are. I don't necessarily doubt his sincerity or feelings of guilt--though as many famous actors have said about sincerity, "Once you can fake that, you've got it made"--but it just seems too little too late for me. Where was the integrity and moral compass when it actually could have made a difference, I ask? Why is it only cropping up now, in support of a book tour, no less?

Of course it could be argued that it would have never made a difference--that a resignation of a White House spokesperson in protest would have been news fodder for a day and then forgotten by the attention-deficient press corps--and maybe that's true. But the fact remains that McClellan aided and abetted the very deceptions and outright lies he now decries, that he was part of the machinery that created the current monster. Like Mercer Meyer's "Little Critter" once taught me, sometimes "I'm Sorry" just isn't good enough.

On the other (more generous) hand, maybe McClellan's change of heart and opening of mouth NOW can have some effect vis a vis the upcoming election. I think I read a quote that implied that was his hope. If that's the case, then maybe I'll be more charitable to him in the future.

"We watch because of all that we've been through,
And wait because there's nothing else to do."

--Scott (aka The Vicar)

5:38 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

I can easily see the "too little, too late" diagnosis. But as you say, the guy was a pretty minor cog. I'm still more angry with Colin Powell than anyone, as he seemed the one voice of sanity, and when he said there were WMDs and Iraq was a threat, even I believed him.

5:59 PM  

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