12/12/2005 01:23 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Choosing Not to Know

Stephen Hayes in the (Murdoch-owned) Weekly Standard raises an interesting question, and stops short of considering a likely answer. He's been trying to pry out of the Pentagon unclassified documents recovered from postwar Iraq--2 million documents, of which 50,000 have been translated thus far. Hayes, writing from the right, suspects that such documents will contain as-yet-undiscovered smoking guns linking Saddam Hussein to persons and activities that would, in retrospect, make the war seem like a better idea. But he's bewildered by the Pentagon's slow-footed response to his repeated requests, beginning in February of this year, to have a look at documents that he's been specifically requesting. It's almost as if he's afraid to consider the idea that the Administration, having seen the documents, would prefer that the public not see them, for reasons best known to the Administration. He's almost frustrated enough to entertain the notion, but then there's that signature on the check....