It was a lie. It was always a lie, and always an absurd lie, one that didn’t make any sense and for which no one ever produced any evidence. But now the 9/11 Commission has come out and said it: after months of careful sifting, they have determined that there was no connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
And yet Downing Street stands by the lie, and so do Dick Cheney and George Bush. And this is what is worst about the current administration: its total inability to accept reality when reality contradicts what the administration has said.
The New York Times is right: Bush should apologize for lying to us.
But he won’t.