. . . Monday May 17, 2004

Kaplan in Slate: “One ambiguity does remain. The NBC story reported that “the White House” declined to carry out the airstrikes. Who was “the White House”? If it wasn’t George W. Bush – if it was, say, Dick Cheney – then we crash into a very different conclusion: not that Bush was directly culpable, but that he was more out of touch than his most cynical critics have imagined. It’s a tossup which is more disturbing: a president who passes up the chance to kill a top-level enemy in the war on terrorism for the sake of pursuing a reckless diversion in Iraq – or a president who leaves a government’s most profound decision, the choice of war or peace, to his aides.”

Concentration is important!