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The Reporter as Novelist Manque

Also on the front page of the Washington Post: a “news analysis” of the 9/11 commission hearings by David von Drehle. In it, Donald Rumsfeld is described as having “smiled his tight little smile” while answering a question. State Department official Richard Armitage is said to have “growled, in a voice like a garbage disposal with a spoon caught in it.” Madeleine Albright, you’ll be relieved if not surprised to hear, is said merely to have “said” things.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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