Emmett Tyrrell

Their second tactic is to raise questions about some bureaucratic action. Call for an inspector general to investigate the government bureau. When the inspector general's report comes out, whether the report exonerates the government or not, alight on it as evidence of still more government foul play and mendacity.

In Feith's case an inspector general was summoned to investigate the undersecretary of defense's review of the intelligence community's appraisal of Saddam Hussein's pre-war relationship to terrorists. Democrats and various people in the intelligence community had charged that Feith's review was not "authorized" or "lawful," and that his testimony had been "misleading." The subsequent inspector general's report exonerated Feith on all counts. This accorded with a 2004 Senate Select Intelligence Committee's finding that Feith's actions had been by the book. Unfortunately, the inspector general's report threw in the gratuitous observation that some of Feith's actions were "inappropriate." Aha! Now the Democrats wish to haul Feith back before them to grill him on this charge. Their goal will be to catch him up in with tricky questioning -- back to tactic numero uno, and with any luck they can claim that yet another Bush adviser lied to them. These are the tactics that have allowed them to characterize the whole administration as mendacious.

That Democrats such as Levin and Rockefeller would become so exercised over lying is, may I say, brazenly hypocritical. Their recent political leader, Bill Clinton, and their rising leader, Hillary, are two of the most inveterate liars in American political history. What was it that their former friend, David Geffen, recently said of them? Did he say they lied with "such ease" it was "troubling"?

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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