April 25, 2004


Bicycling to War (Richard Cohen, April 20, 2004, Washington Post)

Old joke: A man repeatedly rides a bike across the Mexican-U.S. border. Each time, he's stopped by Customs and the bike is taken apart. Nothing is found. Finally, one day a Customs official offers the man immunity from prosecution if only he will tell what he's smuggling. The man pauses for a second, shrugs and says, "Bicycles."

I offer you this because I have just finished Bob Woodward's compelling new book, "Plan of Attack," and while it contains several gasps per chapter -- more reasons why George Tenet should be fired, more proof that Condi Rice is in over her head and more reasons that Dick Cheney should be medicated -- the stunning disclosure that I expected is simply not there. I thought Woodward would reveal the real reason George Bush went to war in Iraq. It turns out we already knew.

The "bicycle" in this case has been in plain sight: Bush's conviction that he is a servant of God and history, chosen to liberate Iraq, bring democracy to the Middle East and make sure the United States is safe from terrorism.

Again we ask: has any president ever confused his foes and friends more by simply being transparent and straightforward?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 25, 2004 8:12 PM

The most effective way to lie is to tell the truth when it cannot be believed...

Posted by: mike earl at April 25, 2004 8:41 PM

How the left lauded Bill Clinton and Al Gore back in 1998 when they said the same things about Saddam Hussein. But, no one expected them to actually do anything.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 25, 2004 8:54 PM

Orrin......you remember where Lance Armstrong is from? And the race he dominates happens in France? I see a pattedrn here...W is trying to PROVE my assertion on these pages lo those many moons ago that cycling is not only a sport, but also a weapon against terrorism!

Whoops...just re read that....must have been the 60 mile ride I just did talking! Heh

Posted by: Budd White at April 25, 2004 9:22 PM