Bush Admits Responsibility for Bad Intelligence, Leaves Other War Talking Points Stunningly Intact
Speaking to the Woodrow Wilson Institute today, President Bush announced that the administration had royally cocked up the case for war. Only, you know, not in so many words:
It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq, and I am also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities and we're doing just that . . . . My decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision" because he was deemed a threat and that regardless, "We are in Iraq today because our goal has always been more than the removal of a brutal dictator."
Still to come: A speech by Vice President Cheney denouncing the president's "irresponsible revisionism" and claiming that he has given aid and comfort to the enemy, as well as remarks from Defense Secretary Rumsfeld insinuating the president hasn't spent enough time on the ground to know what he's talking about. -- HOLLY MARTINS