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The author and satirist Al Franken answered readers' questions about humor, politics and his new radio venture.

Q. 1. Do you think President Bush knowingly and deliberately lied to the American people about the WMD's used as a causus belli, or is George W. Bush so gullible that he was he completely hoodwinked by Cheney and the pro-war neoconservative crew at the Pentagon so that he actually believed that Iraq had all those WMD stockpiles?

A. Americans have to ask some serious questions about this. What did the president know and, if not, why didn't he know it? If, as may be the case, the president did not understand his intelligence briefings, did he ask to have them explained to him? And did he know that he didn't understand them? These are questions that must be asked repeatedly and in an accusatory tone.

Q. 2. Is George W. Bush unaware that he is intellectually uncurious, or does he "know that he does not know" (to paraphrase Socrates)? What's the worst thing he's done since becoming president?

A. I think he believes that it's not important to be intellectually curious — that's for intellectuals. As far as the worst thing he's done, I'd say it was to hijack 9/11 and use it for his own political agenda. After 9/11 this country was more united than I'd ever seen it. And almost the entire world was behind us. He squandered an opportunity to lead this country and the world into a new American century. It's sad.


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