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  •  Is this a sincere question? (22+ / 0-)

    Are you inferring that the 7/19/11 White House memo he's provided to fully support his story is either: a.) fraudulent, or, b.) provided without context that essentially means he's omitted critical information?

    If so, I've already answered your question in my post: I take the Woodward news story at face value.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:06:12 PM PST

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    •  Neither a) nor b). The 3 pages he's provided (8+ / 0-)

      of the otherwise "long and tedious" document are most likely real enough. And they're provided with context - Woodward tells us exactly what we're to make of it - so both a) and b) are not, to my mind, terribly reasonable inferences to impute to anyone.

      I think Woodward is always playing others, and never tells the whole story.  I think he sees himself as an integral part of his DC-deep-insider narrative.

      So he may be merely selling his book, or trying to move DC gossip in a way that pleases him, or alter the legislative landscape, or simply fuck with people's head for his own self-aggrandizing amusement.

      But I would never take anything he says at face value, ever, and I can't imagine why anyone else would. He's too involved to be an objective observer, and too self-involved to write forthright journalism. He's always a partially reliable source, and never a thoroughly forthcoming one. Thus I'm unwilling to spend time parsing this new piece of political performance art.

      I guess someone else will have to fill in the gaps.

      "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

      by Bob Love on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:30:00 PM PST

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      •  Alrighty then...as the saying goes... (0+ / 0-)

        ...(something to the effect of) "We're all entitled to our own opinions..." etc., etc.

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:40:23 PM PST

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