8/27/2004

In the "Well, duh" category...

Bush acknowledges miscalculations on Iraq

Stop the presses! Hold the front page!

To be fair, this is much better than Tricky Dicky's "mistakes were made" speech, where no specific fingers pointed at specific people, and no personal wrongdoing was admitted to. No, in this case, "President Bush said for the first time on Thursday he made a "miscalculation of what the conditions would be" after U.S. troops went to Iraq."

Now as a moderate conservative, who thought Bush (well, Cheney and Rumsfeld really) were insane to invade Iraq (and Tony Blair was equally insane for going along with it), I feel at least I've been vindicated a bit. The rabid anti-Bush faction believe he can do no right (not even giving him credit to pony up significant cash for African AIDS aid) and the rabid po-Bush faction don't believe he can do anything wrong and there are precious few of us in the middle.

Even my rabid pro-Bush carpool-mate agreed when it happened that invading Iraq was a stupid idea, but a year later somehow it was "the only course of action", or "inevitable".

Bullshit.

Now we have to make the best of a bad situation, but the truth is that it was eminently predictable from the get go.

Oh well. Interesting to see how this plays out in election coverage, if it even makes a splash. After all, it's not like it's really news, in the technical sense of the word, is it?


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