Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave / "When first we practice to deceive!"

What brings Sir Walter Scott's couplet to mind is something that has troubled us for many a year: That is, the inability by so many for so long to answer a question with the whole truth and nothing but the truth. For example: Bill Clinton's infamous "It depends on what the meaning of `is' is" to avoid answering whether he ever had sexual contact with Monica Lewinsky.

Then there's Eric Holder, the former deputy attorney general whom President Bush allowed to serve as acting attorney general until John Ashcroft was confirmed. In testimony Feb. 8 before the House Committee on Government Reform, Holder was asked what his recommendation was to the White House on the matter of Marc Rich's pardon. He said: "Neutral, leaning toward favorable." To any reasonable person (even in Washington) those words mean the Justice Department was saying it didn't object and, in fact, would go along with the scheme. …

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