Sunday, July 24, 2005

Everyone has questions

... but does Bush have any answers? The Paper of Record's Richard Stevenson has summed some of them up nicely this weekend.

Yet Mr. Bush has yet to address some uncomfortable questions that he may not be able to evade indefinitely.

For starters, did Mr. Bush know in the fall of 2003, when he was telling the public that no one wanted to get to the bottom of the case more than he did, that Mr. Rove, his longtime strategist and senior adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, had touched on the C.I.A. officer's identity in conversations with journalists before the officer's name became public? If not, when did they tell him, and what would the delay say in particular about his relationship with Mr. Rove, whose career and Mr. Bush's have been intertwined for decades?

For me this question keeps circling around the same runway and never coming in for a landing. Helen Thomas, the battle hardened veteran of the the White House press gaggle, was the one and only person to hit the nail on the head when she asked, "What the hell's wrong with him? Can't he just call [Rove] in and ask him?"

Come on, people. Is there really anyone, be they ever so drunk on Neocon koolaid, who believes that this is coming as a surprise to Dear Misleader™ two years later? Bush and Rove don't change brands of toilet paper to wipe their bums without consulting each other extensively first.

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