Here are two propositions I can’t entertain simultaneously:
(1) Bush is managing a competent assault on global terrorism, including for example the invasion of Iraq, the rebuilding of Iraq, the liberation, stabilization, and salvation of Afghanistan, the CIA/Guantanamo/extraordinary rendition program, and the really cheap military enterprise doing the heavy lifting. This assault is succeeding, he knows what he’s doing, he’s on top of the situation, we are getting safer, and we get tax cuts for dessert.
(2) Bush has tolerated the pervasive collapse or subversion of the national intelligence apparatus he commands to the point that all sixteen of his agencies are saying what he knows to be false. Oh yes, and loyal ally Pervez Musharraf has left the building.
If you can’t believe what you would read if you looked in a newspaper, and your own organization lies and leaks, and your pals diss you on CNN, it sure must be a comfort to have fixed and unchanging beliefs.