George W. Bush, who isn’t sure from day to day whether we can win the war on terror, didn’t really mean to dismiss the National Intelligence Estimate’s gloomy prognostications about Iraq as “guessing.” Or so he says.
Of course, he still treats the report as if it were, in fact, mere guesswork, ignoring its conclusions (which he misstated) because they disagree with his prejudices.
Moreover, Mr. Bush seems to think that the two months of bad news we’ve had since the report was written invalidate its finding that things aren’t going well in Iraq. (Think I’m being unfair? Read the story.)
While he was at it, he “clarified” his remark implying that 140,000 American troops in Iraq were being tied down by a “handful” of insurgents.
And since, like most bullies, GWB comes up a little bit short in the grit department, Kerry may get a double benefit from continuing to hit him hard: not only does it make Kerry sound strong, but the pressure may help raise the Presidential rate of verbal blunder above its already elevated baseline.