"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, November 28, 2005
But I enjoyed the reactions of the Polish and Romanian governments, as demonstrated by this article from the Financial Times. When confronted with evidence of wrongdoing, one might opt for the "non-denial denial:"
Leszek Laszczak, spokesman for the Polish defence ministry, said: “No people suspected of terrorist activities were held in military bases on the territory of the Republic of Poland, either as a result of an agreement with the US government or with any other institutions of the US.”
Note all the weasel words and phrases - "[n]o people suspected of terrorist activities," "held in military bases," "either as a result of an agreement with the US government or with any other institutions of the US." There's lots of wiggle room in these carefully chosen statements, which is why they present a textbook example of the "non-denial denial." It's not as easy as it looks.
Which is why, in the alternative, one might prefer simply to stonewall:
A spokeswoman for Traian Basescu, Romanian president, declined to comment.
Either way, it's all good.