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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Person of the Week?

Last night on World News Tonight, ABC named David Kay their "Person of the Week." I agree it must have taken courage, as Bush's hand-picked weapons czar, to go before Congress and say the WMD threat was a bunch of hooey, but the ABC portrait of the man as an all-around great guy may not be entirely accurate. Why do I say this? Cue Josh Marshall:

He has also said two other things.

First, he's said that the CIA was not pressured to reach its erroneous conclusions. Second, he has said that rather than the president owing an explanation or apology to the American people, the CIA owes an explanation or apology to the president.

As to the first point, how would he know?

To the best of my knowledge, Kay wasn't involved in any of the relevant inter-agency processes and he hasn't investigated this question after the fact. So how would he know? I think the answer is clear: he doesn't.

The second point is a classic example of that phenomenon we've become so familiar with in the Bush years: up-is-downism.

It's worth a read in full.