Saturday, June 18, 2005

They're not here to talk about the past

From the Sept. 11, 2002, edition of USA Today: "[President Bush] decided that Saddam [Hussein] must go more than 10 months ago; the debate within the administration since then has been about the means to accomplish that end."

Maybe the Downing Street memo -- "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" -- really was just a belated effort "to rehash old debates that have already been addressed," as White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters. That must be why House leaders declined to assign formal hearing status to the memo inquiry that U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., organized Thursday and then shoved it into "a jammed room in the basement of the Capitol" while they called 11 major floor votes.

Nope, you wouldn't want to waste time with warmed-over news.


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