Whopper of the Week: Ari Fleischer
Gaslighting the press about nation-building.
"Q: When did the President change his mind about nation-building?
"A: Can you be more specific? What are you referring to?
"Q: Well, the New York Times really strongly interprets his speech yesterday—something that you want to build—now you're going to take care of health, welfare, and education of the Afghans in the aftermath of the hostilities. That's nation-building.
"A: The President has always been for those. I think what you're getting—
"Q: He's always been for—
"A: Do you have any evidence to the contrary?
"Q: Well, every statement by you—
"A: And what were those statements, Helen?
"Q: —that you don't believe in nation-building.
"A: What were the statements that I made that would indicate that?
Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.