The Decider Becomes The Judger

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The President just finished up his pre-Christmas press conference. He skated with one exchange on the CIA torture tapes, reiterating that his own knowledge of the tapes and their destruction didn’t come until he was briefed shortly before the story went public. But then Bush shifted the focus, declaring that he wouldn’t make any judgment about the case until all the facts came out, trying somehow to position himself as a neutral arbiter, rather than a crucial fact witness, key player, and the official with ultimate responsibility for what happened. President Bush, just as curious as the rest of us to learn what happened.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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