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Subtle, but Dishonest

A small but illustrative addition to the Andrew Sullivan file. Andrew, quoting from what is apparently an MJ Rosenberg translation of an interview Martin Indyk gave to Yedioth Ahronoth, declares:

And Netanyahu is behaving as Indyk noted: “like the boy who killed his parents and then asked for mercy because he was an orphan.” He should know who he’s dealing with.

But Indyk didn’t say that Bibi is behaving that way. He said that in the future, Bibi shouldn’t behave that way. Here is the non-Dowdified quote:

“Of course [Bibi] has political constraints,” [Indyk] said. “There is great appreciation in the US of the fact that Israel is a democratic country. Conversely, if you don’t want to do anything, why should we help you. Especially if you’re the one asking.

“Bibi can’t behave with Washington like the boy who killed his parents and then asked for mercy because he was an orphan. He can’t say, I can’t make compromises because I have Lieberman in my coalition.”

Thus by careful misquotation is a hypothetical scenario presented as something that has already happened. Once upon a time, of course, Andrew railed against Dowdifying.