Bill Kristol's whopper:
From his post-Obama-speech observations
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So President Obama invited himself into our living rooms tonight...why? Not to address questions of war and peace -- even though we are fighting two wars overseas, and even though an avowed enemy and terror sponsor is rushing towards nuclear weapons. Not to address the economy -- even though unemployment continues to rise, the deficit is at an all-time high, and we face a truly worrisome debt burden in the years ahead. And not to rally the nation in the face of some other crisis.
But isn’t health care a crisis? No.
Indeed, the president acknowledged it isn’t: “But we did not come here just to clean up crises. We came to build a future. So tonight, I return to speak to all of you about an issue that is central to that future -- and that is the issue of health care.” In other words, health care -- unlike, say, the financial system a few months ago -- is not in a state of crisis.
So there is no health care crisis. (...)
We did not come here just to deal with X. We came to do Y.
Kristol asserts that Obama is saying that X is not the case, but the formulation "we did not come here just
to deal with X" means that X is the case
, we will deal with X, and more.
Kristol is engaging in eighth grade sophistry. I guess that's his audience.
Kudos to the Washington Post and Fred Hiatt for putting out this high-quality analysis.