Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here's one of my favorite logic fallacies from Conservatives.

A poster on NY RnR wrote:

George (Shrub) Bush and Dick (The Terrorist) Cheney planned the invasion and occupation of Iraq in late 2001 and early 2002 as a way to increase their reputation as historic “war presidents”, and to make money for their friends in the oil business.

And a Bushbot defender retorts:
Again wrong, no American oil company has profited from the war in Iraq.

I've seen this one before many times. The wingnut thinking can be broken down thusly:

If there is A (a plan) it will be followed by B (oil profit)

Since there is no B there couldn't be A.

It's called Denying the Antecedent.

Of course it doesn't occur to the wingnut that plans can go awry. And if Iraq isn't an example of a plan going awry, I don't know what is. It's got to be one of the silliest wingnut arguments that was fabricated in the last 6 years.

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