Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Downing Street Memo Follies

UPDATE 6/20: Welcome to all my friends from PoliPundit! Thanks again, Lorie!


If you have the patience to read all of this, I promise you, the payoff is priceless...

You've just got to LOVE the Moonbats who have taken over the Democrat Party!

Before we begin, a little background: Our little story all revolves around the so-called "Downing Street Memo," or more accurately "Memos," which the left-wing bloggers and Moonbats of every stripe, particularly those at the Democratic Underground fever swamp, have been relentlessly screaming bloody murder about for months now! In case you don't know what the Downing Street Memo is, or even if you think that you do, you really should read this article from John Hinderaker at Power Line posted back on May 6th, A Gun That Doesn't Smoke.

The Moonbats claim that this "memo" is proof positive that Bush knew there were never any WMD's in Iraq, created phony intelligence reports and lied to Congress and the American people to take us to into war, and now must be impeached for high crimes against the Constitution! Unfortunately for them (or fortunately as it may turn out), they have been mostly ignored - until now.

And now, let us begin our story...

First, a group of partisan nut-jobs bow to pressure from their extremist tin-foil headgear base and decide to hold make-pretend impeachment hearings in the basement of the U.S. Capitol that end up resembling a Saturday Night Live sketch!

Check out some of this hysterically funny report from Dana Milbank in Friday's Washington Post:

In the Capitol basement yesterday, long-suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe.

They pretended a small conference room was the Judiciary Committee hearing room, draping white linens over folding tables to make them look like witness tables and bringing in cardboard name tags and extra flags to make the whole thing look official.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) banged a large wooden gavel and got the other lawmakers to call him "Mr. Chairman." He liked that so much that he started calling himself "the chairman" and spouted other chairmanly phrases, such as "unanimous consent" and "without objection so ordered." The dress-up game looked realistic enough on C-SPAN, so two dozen more Democrats came downstairs to play along.

The session was a mock impeachment inquiry over the Iraq war. As luck would have it, all four of the witnesses agreed that President Bush lied to the nation and was guilty of high crimes -- and that a British memo on "fixed" intelligence that surfaced last month was the smoking gun equivalent to the Watergate tapes. Conyers was having so much fun that he ignored aides' entreaties to end the session.

"At the next hearing," he told his colleagues, "we could use a little subpoena power." That brought the house down.

As Conyers and his hearty band of playmates know, subpoena power and other perks of a real committee are but a fantasy unless Democrats can regain the majority in the House. But that's only one of the obstacles they're up against as they try to convince America that the "Downing Street Memo" is important.

And that is just the beginning! It only gets better (or worse) from there! You really have to read the whole thing to believe it!

Then, check out this even funnier treatment from the brilliant John Hawkins over at Right Wing News in his post entitled The Downing Street Memo & the Tin Foil Hatter's Tea Party:

The Democrats haven't just gone "round the bend," they've gone round the bend, down the street, and off to fairy land, where the moonbats dance and play in the dappled moonlight and everyone capers around in their pretty tinfoil hats.

It starts with the Democratic equivalent of a little girl's tea party with her imaginary friends, a mock impeachment hearing for Bush. Now, you'd think that no one but the "Michael Moore crowd" would attend something that ridiculous and you'd be right. But unfortunately, the "Michael Moore crowd" now includes plemty (sic) of Democratic Congressmen and Senators.

Now that you are up to speed on the Holy Grail of the Moonbats' "Impeach Bush" Crusade and the circus that they are engaging in to get it noticed, check out this article from Captain's Quarters, published late Saturday, entitled Did Lucy Ramirez Find the Downing Street Memo:

The media and the Leftists have had a field day with the Downing Street memos that they claim imply that the Bush administration lied about the intelligence on WMD in order to justify the attack on Iraq. Despite the fact that none of the memos actually say that, none of them quote any officials or any documents, and that the text of the memos show that the British government worried about the deployment of WMD by Saddam against Coalition troops, Kuwait and/or Israel, the meme continues to survive.

Until tonight, however, no one questioned the authenticity of the documents provided by the Times of London. That has now changed, as Times reporter Michael Smith admitted that the memos he used are not originals, but retyped copies (via LGF and CQ reader Sapper):

The eight memos all labeled "secret" or "confidential" were first obtained by British reporter Michael Smith, who has written about them in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

Smith told AP he protected the identity of the source he had obtained the documents from by typing copies of them on plain paper and destroying the originals.

The AP obtained copies of six of the memos (the other two have circulated widely). A senior British official who reviewed the copies said their content appeared authentic. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the secret nature of the material.

Readers of this site should recall this set of circumstances from last year. The Killian memos at the center of CBS' 60 Minutes Wednesday report on George Bush' National Guard service supposedly went through the same laundry service as the Downing Street Memos. Bill Burkett, once he'd been outed as the source of the now-disgraced Killian memos, claimed that a woman named Lucy Ramirez provided them to him -- but that he made copies and burned the originals to protect her identity or that of her source.

(Emphasis added.)

Oh, dear God! It's deja vu all over again!!! No, it can't be! It's just not possible! Not again! Please tell me this a practical joke - I can't take anymore Memogates!

This, in fact, could very well be another case of "fake but accurate", where documents get created after the fact to support preconceived notions about what happened in the past. One fact certainly stands out -- Michael Smith cannot authenticate the copies. And absent that authentication, they lose their value as evidence of anything .

(Emphasis added.)

If you are not yet rolling around on the floor laughing at the Moonbats after reading all of this, you are most likely one of them!

After all that, they're fakes??? OH MY GOD!!!

They're fakes!!!

This is just too damned funny!!!

Can we question their SANITY yet?



You can read more at All Things Conservative:

The Downing Street Memo
Update: Downing Street Memo

John Hinderaker at Power Line offers a differing opinion (i.e., "fake but accurate" may actually be applicable here):

If They Were Fakes, They'd Say More

Charles Johnson at LGF offers this gem about the "Chairman" of the Tea Party and his legion of Moonbat fans:

Conyers Thanks Democratic Underground


UPDATE 6/20:

Our great friend Pat Curley from Brainster's Blog reminds us in the comments section and in his post The Return of Fake but Accurate? that he had a spot on bit of intuition way back on May 6th!

Unfortunately, the Times has only the transcript and not a copy so it can't be verified in any other way (e.g., initials, signatures, etc.). But I'd be very surprised if this is a completely original memorandum prepared shortly after a meeting on July 23, 2002 as it is purported to be.

Hey, Pat? Can I borrow your crystal ball?

Meanwhile, BummerDietz at Scylla & Charybdis points to a very intriguing common thread between this story and Rathergate - Does the name Michael Smith ring a bell?

Gerry Daly at Daly Thoughts has a great analogy:

Recently, the left has been hammering away on the Downing Street Memo in a manner reminiscent of Bugs Bunny testing duds with a mallet.

The bomb may have just blown up on those hammering....

Speaking of Looney Tunes (in more ways than one), PJ-Comix at DUmmie FUnnies has unearthed another gem of a DU thread: DSM RIP and portrays the hysterically seething DUmmies as Wile E. Coyote to George W. Bush's Roadrunner! "Beep! Beep!"

PJ also points us to this article at World Net Daily, which quotes the Captain's Quarters article extensively.

Even more great stuff:

AJ Strata at The Strata-Sphere
Marc at USS Neverdock
Mick Stockinger at UNCoRRELATED
The Anchoress

UPDATE 6/20, 11:15 AM CDT - Rush Limbaugh just led off his show today with a segment on the DSM authenticity questions!

Yet more great stuff:

Paul at Wizbang!
Jay Tea at Wizbang! disagrees with Paul... somewhat.
Ankle Biting Pundits
Ace of Spades
Joust the Facts

1 comment:

Pat said...

I wish I could always be as smart as I was when I wrote this, way back on May 6th:

"Unfortunately, the Times has only the transcript and not a copy so it can't be verified in any other way (e.g., initials, signatures, etc.). But I'd be very surprised if this is a completely original memorandum prepared shortly after a meeting on July 23, 2002 as it is purported to be."