THE PAST IS PROLOGUE….Skipping around the news today, there’s a common thread.

In the Washington Post, David Kay, who should know, says the Bush administration made alarmist, unsupported statements about WMD in Iraq that turned out to be both wrong and misleading. Why should we trust similar statements today about Iran?

In the LA Times, Ron Brownstein reminds us that cooperating with George Bush during his first term bought Democrats nothing except grief. Why should they bother cooperating this time around?

In the New York Times, Edmund Andrews says that Bush’s plans to cut the deficit in the past have been smoke and mirrors. Is there any reason to think this year’s plan is any different?

Are people finally learning their lesson? What Bush has done in the past, he’s likely to do in the future. There’s really no reason to trust a word he says.

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