Get Your Story Straight

That was my father’s sarcastic advice when he would catch me, as a young boy, stretching the truth. Good advice back then, good advice today. (Even better advice: tell the truth.)

From today’s NYT:

“He [Clarke] was in every meeting that was held on terrorism,” Ms. Rice said. “All the deputies’ meetings, the principals’ meeting that was held and so forth, the early meetings after Sept. 11.”

From yesterday:

… McClellan suggests that Rice’s staff meetings were essential. “Dr. Rice, early on in the administration,” McClellan said yesterday, “started holding daily briefings with the senior directors of the National Security Council, of which he was one. But he [Clarke] refused to attend those meetings, and he was later asked to attend those meetings and he continued to refuse to attend those meetings.”

My father’s point was that a constantly shifting story is prima fasciae evidence of lying. He was right then and he’s right now. Shifting story via Atrios.


UPDATE: Speaking of Dr. Rice, you really should read this post by Josh Marshall.