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Friday, June 17, 2005 

Good point

From the DSM.com mailbag:

What nobody in the media has noted is that the trembling reporter who brought [the DSM] up actually (consciously or unconciously - I have no way to tell) substantively MANGLED the quote from the DSM, reducing it to a benign piece of nothing (in fact it almost bolsters Bush's decision to go to war). Listen:

QUESTION: Thank you, sir. On Iraq, the so-called Downing Street Memo from July, 2002, says, "Intelligence and facts remain fixed around the policy of removing Saddam through military actions." Is this an accurate reflection of what happened? Could both of you respond?

What the head of the MI6 actually said in the memo was:

"But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

It's really just a couple words' difference, but they are huge. "Remain fixed" makes it sound like the facts were all there, and they just happened to point toward taking Saddam out. He said nothing of the kind. He said that the facts were BEING FIXED. Active, past-progressive tense. Being fixed, as in cooked, I have to presume.

Mark Willis
Kensington, MD

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