The smoking tongue?

There was a particularly telling exchange, in my humble opinion, at a recent Presidential news conference:

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The president continued:

You know, I've heard this theory about everything was just fine until we arrived, and kind of "we're going to stir up the hornet's nest" theory. It just doesn't hold water, as far as I'm concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

Q: What did Iraq have to do with that?

THE PRESIDENT: What did Iraq have to do with what?

Q: The attack on the World Trade Center?

THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- the lesson of September the 11th is, take threats before they fully materialize....Nobody has ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.

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Well, nobody in the Administration except, umm, Dickey Cheney, and other neo-cons. And outside the Administration, myriad neo-con talking heads.

In fact, in the immediately preceeding comments, the Bush himself uttered that very suggestion, hoping, apparently, that the Press was too stupified to notice.

The Administration is talking out of both sides of its mouth.