Some extreme environmentalists say President Bush is using this
year's devastating forest fires as an "excuse" to let the timber
industry do more thinning, which is a strange use of the word
"excuse." It's like saying a witness to a bank robbery used the
robbery as an "excuse" to call the police.
This year's fires, in addition to threatening lives and destroying
homes, have devastated 6 million acres worth of forest. That is
something on the order of New Hampshire going up in smoke, and ...