Sunday, February 08, 2015

The Andrew Sullivan Decade and a Half, Part 2: Bush Lied, Sully Complied

Vile Sully, September 30, 2002:
So at a crucial juncture in American diplomacy, this Democrat [Congressman Jim McDerrmott] is saying that Bush is a liar and a cheat – and in Baghdad! The only word for this is vile.
Vile Sully's post is entitled "Whose Side They Are On." 

The truth:  Bush lied

Update 2/9:  Corrected date from 2012 to 2002. But technically I was right, because 9/11 changed everything.


Susan of Texas said...

What a treasure trove of hysterical bloodthirst.

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Anonymous said...

September 30, 2002

Thomas said...

Yes, big difference between 2012 and 2002. It was 2002.

lea-p said...

ahhh, you need to read Driftglass, A Tale of Two Bloggers for the real unblemished honesty about Sullivan's character. What a vile human he is.

Rand Careaga said...

I may have left the impression in an earlier comment thread that I'm a Sullivan partisan. I'm not. But I visited his blog at least once a day, and appreciated many of his aggregations. Certainly should a Nuremberg trial ever be held for complicity in XXI century US warmongering, then Sully gets a minimum seven-year lease on a cell in Den Haag.

This said, he at least publicly recanted, albeit entirely to his advantage. Nevertheless, that's why my ideal tribunal gives him just seven years as against William Kristol's death sentence, commuted to life imprisonment on the grounds of documented stupidity.

He was a drama queen, and his several sins dating back twenty years and going right up to his dead-ender defense of "The Bell Curve" are duly noted, but among the rightbloggers in living memory he strikes me as a comparatively benign character.

Roger said...

He recanted in an e-book entitled "I Was Wrong," which consisted of a collection of his posts, selected by two of his assistants, and a 1 and 1/2 page (more or less) intro and outro. It was published as an e-book with this note:

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Some gave all.