Tomorrow’s NY Times will carry a Richard Stevenson article on President Bush’s speech indicating he will deny access to intelligence documents requested by the Senate minority in order to vote on the fitness of John Bolton to serve as the US Representative to the United Nations.
No doubt, the President will continue to couch his refusal in language that is muscular and aggressive. He will be loathe to discuss the claims that Bolton was party to the deception that has now been confirmed by the existence of the Downing Street Memo. He will ignore the subsequent revelations that the Allies attempted to goad Saddam into a military conflict as early as 2002 through vastly increased bombing of Iraqi territory and other provocations intended to overstep the previous boundaries established after the First Gulf War.
No doubt Bush will attempt to make the case that his refusal to provide information to legitimately elected members of the United States government is based on principles. The question is, will you believe him? It’s an open question.