FORKED TONGUES APLENTY
Now, I’m not a very religious man, but I recall that George W. Bush seems to have made a very public showing of his Christian “faith.” Well, the now oft-ridiculed phrase “what would Jesus do?” comes into play. Instead of speculating, we’ll go to the Son of God’s own words to gain perspective on the following story:
As White House Changes Story, British Airways Refutes Bush Story of Pilot Sighting
In his trip to Baghdad, President Bush said he would have immediately turned around had his cover been blown. In trying to play up the secrecy and dangerous nature of the trip, Bush’s aides said that a British Airways pilot spotted the president’s plane, radioing, “Did I just see Air Force One?” The White House said Air Force One responded: “Gulfstream 5” – a code word to disguise the plane – and the British Airways pilot “seemed to sense he was in on a secret and replied ‘Oh.'”1
But now it appears the story was a complete fabrication, designed only to hype the story. According to Reuters, “British Airways said yesterday that none of its pilots made contact with President Bush’s plane during its secret flight to Baghdad on Thanksgiving, contradicting White House reports of a midair exchange that nearly prompted Bush to call off his trip.”2
Making things worse, the White House revised its story after revelations of the distortion. The White House now says “it had left the wrong impression” and that actually the conversation took place between Air Force One and the airport tower in London.3 But again, British Airways refuted this tale, with a spokesman for the company telling media “that none of its pilots has come forward to acknowledge either making or overhearing the purported conversation.
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” (Luke 16:10)
Stolen election notwithstanding, the Bush administration got off the ground with a ludicrous smear campaign against the outgoing Clinton crew: they invented a sordid tale of the White House looking like a frat party on speed having ripped through it, then, when a few voices of conscience in the media began to uncover this fabrication, they quietly dropped the story as the complicit, whorish corporate media at larged obliged with corresponding silence. Now, after having been caught in a lie that has cost the lives of thousands of Iraqis and (to date) hundreds of U.S. and other soldiers, they still can’t resist dipping back into the cookie jar of little “white” lies. I’m guessing that the answer, in this case, to “WWJD?” is this: if these lying, self-serving jackals were in his Father’s temple, he’d throw their arses out.