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Nothing to Hide?

If Bush is a man with nothing to hide, why isn’t he acting like it?

President Bush said Friday “I want to know the facts” about any intelligence failures concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged cache of forbidden weapons but he declined to endorse calls for an independent investigation.

The issue of an independent commission has blossomed into an election-year problem for the president, with Democrats and Republicans alike supporting the idea. Former chief weapons inspector David Kay has concluded that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction, which Bush had cited as a rationale for going to war against Iraq.

Bush said he wants to be able to compare the administration’s prewar intelligence with what will be learned by inspectors who are now searching for weapons in Iraq. There is no deadline for those inspectors, the Iraq Survey Group, to complete their work.

“One thing is for certain, one thing we do know ... that Saddam Hussein was a danger, he was growing danger,” the president told reporters during a brief question and answer session after a meeting with economists.

Yeah, Georgie, we know that.  You don’t have to convince the public of the righteousness of the invasion, we’re all behind you on that.  But we also want to know what the hell happened to make the intelligence you used so utterly, monumentally wrong.  It doesn’t seem like you care, and that makes you appear exactly how your opponents are trying to portray you, as a man with something to hide.

This, in my opinion, is a big enough issue to sink Bush in November.  He needs to get on the offensive, and do so NOW, if he wants to be able to get any traction.

Posted by Lee on 01/30/04 at 05:22 PM in Politics • Permalink


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