"Why can't President Bush or any of his staff bring themselves to admit to an iota of error, mistake, shading, misjudging, misleading, lying, or undue reliance on questionable information relating to their emphatic and impassioned charges (a) that Iraq was harboring terrorists, (b) that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, or (c) that Iraq was in any way connected to the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001?"
PATHOLOGICAL AVOIDANCE. Mr. Bush simply will not answer any such question directly or indirectly. Bush staff ignore the queries of one member of the press corps after another. They sidestep the direct interrogations of one Congressional leader after another. They change the subject. They subvert the conversation. They stonewall. It has reached a point of pathological avoidance.
HOUSE OF CARDS. Why? Why can't they answer the question directly or indirectly? I can only conclude that to admit to any such error they must think their house-of-cards rationales for the war and credibility for continuing it will come crashing in. It will, eventually, with or without their direct response to simple, probing questions. But they should consider how the American public and history will look upon their tactics.
CLINTONESQUE. The pathological avoidance of the Bush administration to the question of justification for the Iraq War is worse than President Clinton's pathological dodging of simple questions about philandering with an intern. Clinton's lies took no lives. This Administration's stonewall stance has thus far cost over 1,300 American and untold thousands of Iraqi lives and left us reeling with an unprecedented deficit.
Please, ladies and gentlemen, just answer the questions.