Dean's comments on target

Published: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 11:43 p.m.

In his admittedly "fictitious" interview with Howard Dean," John Leo, who confesses that "the questions were made up," makes up a palpably contradictory question to Howard Dean's comment.

To wit: "What about your comment that we mustn't assume that Osama bin Laden is guilty of attacking us on 9/11? .... How about saying something more forceful."

Dean's answer, (which the columnist describes as "real-life direct quotes from Dean"): "I share the outrage of all Americans. Osama bin Laden has admitted he is responsible for killing 3,000 Americans. ... This is exactly the kind of case that the death penalty is meant for."

Call me ignorant, but I cannot think of a more forceful thing to say than calling for the death penalty.

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