In his public remarks, Iraqi PM Allawi stuck with the official happy horsesh*t. In private, he told the truth: things aren’t going well. Just to rub it in, Rumsfeld publicly speculated on running an election in Iraq excluding twenty or twenty-five percent of the voters: the ones who live in areas so insurgent-controlled that no vote could be held.
John Kerry was rude enough to share that truth — the truth understood by everyone in the world, with the possible exception of George W. Bush and a few warbloggers — with the voters.
Glenn Reynolds thinks that makes Kerry look “small.” Right. It’s crucial to protect the children from bad news they can’t handle.
Of course, Glenn also thinks that serious talk about winning in Iraq is the same as chanelling Howard Dean.