I just read the transcript of his speech — classic Gore. The cliched references to the Founding Fathers, the reference to a Supreme Court case, the excursions into Greek and Roman history — Al Gore the pedantic pseudo-intellectual at his usual standard. But here’s the catch:
“But now the extensive independent investigation by the bipartisan commission formed to study the 9/11 attacks has just reported that there was no meaningful relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda of any kind.”
Talk about artful
He doesn’t say the commission reports. He says the investigation reports. I wasn’t aware that an investigation was the kind of entity that can report. In fact, I’m rather sure that an investigation is metaphysically limited to, well, investigating. Why this strange “categoty mistake” (to borrow an expression from Gilbert Ryle)? It’s quite simple: the Commission hasn’t reported anything. Those were staff statements, not endorsed by the Commission. As Commissioner Bob Kerrey put it, we (the Commissioners) don’t have anything to do with that.
“And that’s understandable, because if Iraq had nothing to do with the attack or the organization that attacked us, then that means the President took us to war when he didn’t have to.”
Earth to Gore: we didn’t invoke the self-defense articles of the UN charter when we went into Iraq. We cited UN Security Council resolutions. Had we proof that Iraq had collaborated, we would have cited the self-defense articles. We didn’t cite the self-defense articles, therefore we didn’t have proof of collaboration on 9/11. Modus Tollens, the contrapositive. Tomorrow, Al, a lesson on football. A sneak preview of tomorrow’s lesson: “This, Al, is a football. Read More