Friday, January 16, 2004
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has largely confirmed what most of us have by now already guessed: that the Bush administration was looking for a reason to oust Saddam Hussein, and found the perfect one with 9/11. Michael Kinsley, it at first seems, is properly skeptical, and writes an article titled (on the Slate.com home page anyway) "The Dubious Confessions of Paul O'Neill." And what is so dubious about O'Neill? Nothing -- just that he's a self-aggrandizing asshole, that the phrase "like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people" maybe isn't the most literate phrase, and that Kinsley doesn't like him. It's pure ad hominem, and raises no reason not to believe O'Neill is telling the truth. Kinsley is just pissed that he did.