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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Three quick thoughts on David Kay's testimony today:

- One, Kay mis-stated the charge against the White House (and Dick Cheney particularly), at least as I've understood it. The thought wasn't that anybody pressured analysts to report the party line; it's that the people reading the analyses simply ignored anything that didn't conform to the party line, and eventually changed the channels of communication to shelter themselves even further from dissenting views. Nobody was put under undue pressure. They were simply taken out of the loop.

- Two, as yet I haven't seen anyone run with the real nugget from Kay's testimony -- his exchange with Hillary about resources being diverted from the WMD investigation after the war. As much as what Kay said has been portrayed as helping the Bush administration (i.e. they were duped by the faulty intel), that particular bit of info could hurt them just as badly. If even they didn't believe they were going to find anything...

- Three, the strident defense of the war by the 'Pubs on the AF Committee seemed just sad. Inhofe calling an empty warhead a WMD capable of killing a million people was just bizarre. Hmmm... maybe it wasn't Clinton and Dole that were replaced:

Kang: That board with a nail in it may have defeated us but the humans wont stop there. They'll make bigger boards and bigger nails. Soon they will make a board with a nail so big it will destroy them all! A-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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