Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The More Things Change...

Weighing in (along with such as Orac, PalMD, Val Jones, and Tufted Titmouse) on the anti-scientific debacle that is Senator Tom Harkin's disappointment that the NCCAM hasn't "validated" more alternative medicine therapies, it occurs to me that we've heard this kind of thing before, albeit from the Republicans. Quoting Harkin:
One of the purposes of this center was to investigate and validate alternative approaches. Quite frankly, I must say publicly that it has fallen short. It think quite frankly that in this center and in the office previously before it, most of its focus has been on disproving things rather than seeking out and approving.
Doesn't that sound exactly like George W. Bush complaining that the UN inspectors failed to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? He *knew* they were there, therefore the inspectors' failure to find them couldn't possibly have meant that they weren't.

Plus ├ža change, plus c'est la meme chose.

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