“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.’
(Winston Smith in George Orwell’s 1984)
From the two-headed lying snake department:
The U.S. Department of State is negotiating with Hamid Karzai’s government in Afghanistan for U.S. Combat troops to stay there in the Hellhole beyond 2014 – regardless of what the Commander In Chief and his best boy Biden tell us about a 2014 exit. It’s a new world, don’tcha know it? Thanks to Drudge for The Cable Foreign Policy link:
Despite statements by Vice President Joe Biden, the State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, a top State Department official said Tuesday.
Last week, U.S. and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul to talk about the Bilateral Security Agreement that will govern the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, when President Barack Obama said the combat mission in Afghanistan will end and the U.S. will complete the transition of the entire country to Afghan government control.
Also last week, Biden told Americans during his Oct. 11 debate with Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan that U.S. troops were leaving Afghanistan by 2014.
“We are leaving in 2014, period, and in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion,” Biden said. “We’ve been in this war for over a decade. The primary objective is almost completed. Now all we’re doing is putting the Kabul government in a position to be able to maintain their own security. It’s their responsibility, not America’s.”
Read all of it. Somewhere, George Orwell’s just gotta be loving this stuff. You see, it’s all designed to wear us out, to exhaust our minds trying to figure out who’s lying and who’s telling the truth. Or to make us so weary that we begin to think maybe the truth really doesn’t even exist anymore - it changes form and content from moment to moment, depending upon what Obama wants us to believe.