Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Bushco Caves

From the Washington Post:

"President Bush reversed himself this morning and authorized national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify in public and under oath before an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House announced.

Bush capitulated on a second point and said he and Vice President Cheney will appear in one joint, private session with all 10 of the commissioners, backing off his previous demand that questioning be conducted only by Chairman Thomas H. Kean and Vice Chairman Lee H. Hamilton."

"...Bush reversed himself..." That's like a flip-flop, right?

And in many ways, the second point is a bigger story than the lede. Condi's not goint to tell us anything we don't know, really. Her story is pretty much set, and a little thing like an oath isn't likely to make her more forthcoming. A full panel hearing for Bush and Cheney, though, may turn up the heat somewhat, even if it happens out of sight. Kean's a hack, and Hamilton's an honest guy, but hardly the most aggressive inquisitor on the Commission. Tougher questions are bound to be asked - tough enough to make Bush angry, and Bush tends to do stupid stuff when he's angry....

...well, OK, Bush just tends to do stupid stuff. But still...


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