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Time for an Investigation

May 27, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 36 • By ROBERT KAGAN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Unfortunately, the Bush administration, too, has gone into scandal mode--into a defensive crouch. Vice President Dick Cheney came out swinging, claiming that any criticism, even a call for an investigation of the administration's actions before September 11, was "thoroughly irresponsible . . . in a time of war." But he's wrong. It's precisely because we're in a war that we need an investigation to find out where we failed. After Pearl Harbor, there were half a dozen such investigations. Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the first--just after Pearl Harbor. President Bush should follow that war president's lead. Then he should get back to the business of winning the war.

--William Kristol and Robert Kagan