The propaganda technique of the “big lie” requires two things: that the lie be so outrageous that people don’t bother to rebut it, and that you keep repeating it so that people with impaired senses of reality start believing it.
And indeed, when former Dubya press secretary Dana Perino claimed that there were no terrorist attacks during the Bush administration, I was willing to think that she had misspoken. I mean, there are big lies, but would anyone actually be so crazy as to believe that 9/11 attacks didn’t happen during the Bush administration? Really? Not to mention the shoe bomber, anthrax in the mail, etc. I thought that was just a little too big a lie.
I guess I was naive. I probably should have gotten suspicious when it Perino turned up as the family spokesperson for Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove during his recent divorce, since Rove might as well have held the title of propaganda minister for Dubya.
But now, as they say, the other shoe has dropped. This morning Rudy “9/11” Giuliani told George Stephanopoulos:
We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.
Maybe they are just trying to see just how stupid some people really are.