Thursday, March 21, 2002

The ever-lovely and grammatically correct Farran (from either NJ or NYC, depending on the time of day), sent us this clip from the Feb. 27th Financial Times. Since it's short, I'll run the whole thing here and save you a link. It ran under the headings of New Math and Aptless Ari.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer seems to be suffering from a touch of his boss's problems with policy "verbalisation".

Briefing reporters this week in the wake of Daniel Pearl's murder, Fleischer cited a US-Pakistan extradition treaty signed in 1932. It had come into effect in 1942 when Pakistan was "under the British empire".

A hard trick to pull off, that: after all, Pakistan only came into existence when India was partitioned in 1947. So one reporter attempted to give Fleischer a history lesson: "There was no Pakistan in 1942."

So was the treaty with the British? "The treaty was with Pakistan, which was under British rule," insisted Fleischer.

Then, oblivious of the rule that when in a hole the best thing to do is to stop digging, he delivered his trump card. Fleischer said he was confident that there were Pakistani authorities at that time "because we just looked it up".

Farran notes My sister's comment on this was perfect: "So much for Bush being okay because he had surrounded himself with smart people."

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