Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fool me once, shame on you...

This just in: turns out that not only did Hilary Clinton not "land under sniper fire" in Bosnia in 1996, but contrary to her suggestions, she also did NOT lead a platoon onshore at Omaha Beach - did NOT rally the troops and turn the tide at Pork Chop Hill - did NOT shoot down seven MIGs during black ops in southeast Asia. Has she ever got some explaining to do.

There's nothing more mortifying that getting caught in a lie. Bad enough when it's something like calling in sick, then running into your boss at lunch, or turning down a party invitation only to have your friends find out you went to somebody else's party instead of visiting your grandma at the nursing home like you said you would. But imagine how it feels to get exposed telling a big whopper to the whole world? As a politician, of course, you never admit that you exaggerated, embellished, or just plain made something up - the worst you have done is to have "misspoken" or perhaps to have "misremembered." To me, misspeaking is saying something like "hand me the jack blacket," not making up a story about something that never happened and telling the story several times, selling it as the truth, to thousands of people. There's a word for that, and it's not "misspeaking."

So Clinton's attempt to show how battle-hardened she is and how ready for the role of commander in chief backfires. Instead, she proves herself to be a liar, and drives an even larger wedge between herself and the pro-military voter, where exaggerating your combat exploits is considered an insult to people who've really risked their lives. And for me, it's a flashback to see the words "Clinton caught in a lie." What's the deal, we're reliving the 1990s now? And if we are, what will you give me for these Beanie Babies?...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think she did misspeak. She meant to say that she landed under "sniping" fire, meaning that people were tossing snide criticisms her way as she and Chelsea walked across the tarmac. The relentless shelling continues to this day.
Such an easy mistake to make ...
:-)
Elizabeth

DodgerScott said...

Who cares? What's really important is that she can bowl in the 40s.