Simple questions can call off hunts for smoking guns

11/28/2005
In the matter of smoking guns, great wariness is in order. The hunt for them, including one having to do with oil, makes US politics goofy.Opponents of the Bush administration think they sense a smoking gun that will prove the president lied about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) to induce war in Iraq.They probably won’t find one. They’ll find mistakes, propaganda, in-fighting, suspicious-looking e-mail messages, and other evidence of the human imperfection and intrigue that go with any organization of people, especially people with power. They’ll find competitive interpretations of intelligence, which occur all the time.But it’s very doubtful they’ll find ...
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