Uses for a towel: “wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Trall (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you–daft as a brush, but very very ravenous).”—from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Apparently, HGTG is a book read by the Bush Administration, as they play the “If I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist” game.[Hat Tip: Wonkette]
Scotty McClellan’s playing the towel game now. Fifteen days after the Downing Street memo story broke in a London Times story, eleven days after Representative John Conyers and 87 other congressmen wrote a letter to the White House asking for an explanation, and ten days after Knight Ridder wrote the first story on the British memo, the White House finally responded.
[Source]. “Flat out wrong”. In what way, Scott? When asked to elaborate . . .
Claims in a recently uncovered British memo that intelligence was “being fixed” to support the Iraq war as early as mid-2002 are “flat out wrong,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Monday.
McClellan also said he had not seen the “specific memo,” only reports of what it contained.
15 days after the memo was published, he claims he hasn’t seen it. Too bad the memo wasn’t published in Newsweek—then the White House might have seen it.