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Another chance to withhold documents

President Bush is apparently creating a blue-ribbon panel to study intelligence failures surrounding the Iraq debacle.

Any intelligence failures that occurred are far less troubling to me than the political failures that led Bush to lie to the American people in order to whip up support for an unprecedented pre-emptive war against a nation that the Administration knew was not an imminent threat to the United States.

Even if this panel is a good idea, we have to worry that George Bush will hinder its work in the same way that he has hindered the 9-11 commission by refusing access to necessary information and refusing to turn over notes. So far, Bush has not shown that he's willing to trade an iota of undemocratic secrecy for any amount of truth.

If it sounds like I don't trust Bush, it's because he's given me plenty of reasons not to.