The Moose urges the donkey not to succumb to Mooreitis.
Every day there is more and more evidence that the American people detect that President Bush suffers from Johnsonitis - a chronic inability to level with the American people. The latest New York Times poll finds that W. is that 42 percent approval.
However, there is danger that the Democrats will go off the deep end in their opposition. There was evidence of that yesterday in the Conyers hearings on the Downing Street Memo. Unfortunately, what should have been a serious discussion of the decision to go to war devolved into the worst conspiracy mongering with the testimony of one witness.
The Washington Post's account of the hearing,
"The session took an awkward turn when witness Ray McGovern, a former intelligence analyst, declared that the United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration "neocons" so "the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world." He said that Israel should not be considered an ally and that Bush was doing the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"Israel is not allowed to be brought up in polite conversation," McGovern said. "The last time I did this, the previous director of Central Intelligence called me anti-Semitic."
"Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), who prompted the question by wondering whether the true war motive was Iraq's threat to Israel, thanked McGovern for his "candid answer."
"At Democratic headquarters, where an overflow crowd watched the hearing on television, activists handed out documents repeating two accusations -- that an Israeli company had warning of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and that there was an "insider trading scam" on 9/11 -- that previously has been used to suggest Israel was behind the attacks."
These folks are only playing into the hands of the Rovians and the Delayicans. Michael Moore could have orchestrated this event. By promoting this type of conspiracy mongering, the opposition to the war simply discredits itself. While W. suffers from Johnsonitis, some lefties suffer from Mooreitis - an inclination to engage in conspiracy when the facts will suffice.
Clearly, the Bushies are not leveling with the American people. That should not drive some into meshuggah-land. --