Sunday, December 24, 2006

Paul Wolfowitz, erstwhile architect of our strategy in Iraq (to the extent that we ever had one) explains why he doesn't want to talk about it now:

I'm not a U.S. official any more and unfortunately not a private citizen either. I work for 184 countries that expect me to do the job at the World Bank. I would like nothing better than to be able to get involved in this debate [over Iraq]. I would particularly like to be able to clear the record of some of the garbage about myself personally, but if I start doing that, the people I work for would say, 'You are not doing your job, you are getting mixed up in something that is a distraction from the message that we would like you to deliver.'

Bush administration figures are frequently accused of abandoning this country's principles. And yet Wolfowitz is, at least, allowing his staff to set him on a policy oft attributed to Lincoln himself: they would rather he keep silent and be thought a fool, than that he speak and remove all doubt.

(via Kevin Drum).


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