AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 1/16/2004 07:40:00 AM ----- BODY: O'Neill Falls - Daniel Henniger of OpinionJournal.com says Paul O'Neill's recent backpedaling and confused statements about 'his' book shows why he was fired. Personally, I find O'Neill's protestations about the book unconvincing. Perhaps I'm naive, but I just cannot believe someone would turn over that many documents and then not preview the finished product. O'Neill likely read and approved the book before publication, but is now embarrassed by the bitter tone and some of the statements he made to Suskind during the book's writing. Paul O'Neill realizes only now that the publication of this book makes him look smaller, and gives weight to why he was dismissed. --------