The Patch

August 14, 2007

Spot the mistake.

Filed under: Politics — freshlysqueezedcynic @ 4:36 pm

From the conservative magazine, Weekly Standard, in 2004 (yes, I’m aware that this is a bit late), something that was pointed out to me:

“President Roosevelt waited until after World War II to put in place a commission to investigate what mistakes led to Pearl Harbor.”

It’s a bit of a trick asking you to spot the mistake, because technically there are two. The less egregious one is the fact that the sentence is itself false; President Roosevelt actually set up a commission to investigate Pearl Harbor almost right after the event itself, skewering May’s claim that it’s somehow unprecedented and slightly unseemly for the executive to be immediately held accountable for mistakes and errors that have been made.

But there’s an even bigger mistake than that, amusingly.



  1. Roosevelt died before VJ Day, and indeed VE Day, therefore could not have waited until after WWII? Am I right?

    Comment by Thomas Meek — August 14, 2007 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  2. Give the man a prize.

    Comment by freshlysqueezedcynic — August 15, 2007 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

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