On MSNBC.com from Reuters:
President Bush acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that he had miscalculated post-war conditions in Iraq, the New York Times reported.
The paper quoted Bush as saying during a 30-minute interview that he made “a miscalculation of what the conditions would be” in post-war Iraq.
I’ve written before that Bush would probably be better served by honestly admitting that everything hasn’t gone in Iraq exactly like he hoped it would. My point was that he could admit that the occupation was tougher and more expensive than originally planned for without having to say that the entire campaign was unjustified. I still completely beleive this to be the case, and if this report is accurate he may be (finally) doing just that.
A lot of Bush supporters said I was wrong for wanting the President to admit any sort of an error because the Lefties and the press would jump all over him and blow it all out of proportion.
Now that Bush has (finally) done something along these lines, I’m very curious to see how the press and the opposition will spin it.
(One thing that immediately comes to mind is that with the RNC convention kicking off and Kerry floundering so terribly, the Bush team may have decided that there wouldn’t be a better opportunity, politically-speaking, to “come clean” about some of this. Yes, it’s political maneuvering. But it means that the Bush team thinks Kerry is dead in the water, whatever side of the border he’s on. They wouldn’t be doing this right now if they thought Kerry was in a spot to hurt them with it. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Kerry and his allies won’t try.)