A German friend called this weekend. One of the things she asked me was if the news here was reporting the shooting of the rescue party of the Italian journalist (Giuliana Sgrena).
At the time she called, I was in the process of watching a few minutes of FOX News, to see what strange and wondrous things are taking place in FoxWorld. So I said, "Oh, you mean the communist b**** who is trying to harm our brave soldiers?" FOX wasn't reporting on it when I was watching, but I was focused on the FoxView of things.
Then today, sure enough, White House spokesman Scotty McClellan, pretty much stole my sarcastic line, saying, "I think it's absurd to make any such suggestion that our men and women in uniform deliberately targeted innocent civilians. That's just absurd."
Uh, Scotty. Untrue, maybe. Undocumented, yes, so far. But absurd? Scotty, they shot up the car! They killed an Italian security agent and likely would have killed the rescued journalist instead, if he hadn't saved her by throwing himself in front of the fatal bullet. The official explanation for the killing didn't pass the smell test. To puff about "our men and women in uniform" is just sentimental nonsense in this situation. The soldiers shot up the car! There's not any question about that part of it.
It was a bad kill, any way you take it. And it caused a very emotional reaction from one of the few governments of "Old Europe" that went out on a political limb to actively support Bush in this very unpopular war. This calls for a serious investigation, not pseudopatriotic puffery.
So much for that "good will" tour Bush just made to Europe.