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Friday, July 25, 2003
Fallacy of the Excluded Middle

That's the logical fallacy that occurs when you act as though there were only two choices in a situation where there is actually a spectrum of choices. Our grand and glorious Vice President has provided us with a shining example in today's NY Times:

Vice President Dick Cheney offered the White House's most forceful rebuttal to a growing tide of skepticism about justifications for the Iraq war today, arguing that it would have been "irresponsible in the extreme" to ignore the threat from Saddam Hussein's weapons program.

Were there really no other choices other than doing what the Bush administration did or "ignore the threat"? Obviously not, if you think about it for a moment. But that's not how Mr. Energy Task Force wants you to think. And, as usual, "Mr. Cheney spoke for 15 minutes and took no questions." Has any administration ever so isolated themselves from the press?

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