Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bush Fatigue

I know the number and sheer audacity of many of the administration's actions have worn down even the most vigilant watchdogs. But if there was ever a time not to just let something slide, this has to be it.

Hopefully, you have already heard that Ron Suskind's latest book contains the claim that the White House attempted to forge a document linking Iraq and Al Qaida. You might not have though, since the media largely ignored the story yesterday (according to Dan Froomkin). NBC did cover the story, and Froomkin excerpts the following quote from Meredith Vieira's interview with Suskind.

Suskind replied: "It's interesting. Rob Richer talked to me and actually other reporters, too, yesterday morning -- he was fine. He'd gotten the book Monday night, read it. And then something happened yesterday afternoon. It's, you know, it's one of these instances you've got a few people whose testimony could mean the impeachment ostensibly of the president. It's enormous pressure on both men. Look, I'm sympathetic to them. They're good guys. I've spent a lot of time with them. Their interviews are taped. . . . "
If the interviews are taped, let's go. Somebody subpoena those tapes and the interviewees and let's find out what happened. These are very serious allegations. It shouldn't be considered "playing politics" to get to the bottom of them.

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