out of the loop
Like a commercial jingle you just can't get out of your head, the Administration continues to explain away its incompetence by pointing to different, presumably less egregious incomptence. The Charlotte Observer has this devastating analysis: Bush reportedly shielded from dire forecast
President Bush's aides did not forcefully present him with dissenting views from CIA and State and Defense Department officials who warned that U.S.-led forces could face stiff resistance in Iraq, according to three senior administration officials.
Instead, Bush embraced predictions of top administration hawks, beginning with Vice President Dick Cheney, who predicted Iraqis would joyously greet coalition troops as liberators and that the entire conflict might be over in a matter of weeks, the officials said.
Dissenting views "were not fully or energetically communicated to the president," said one top official, who, like the others, requested anonymity. "As a result, almost every assumption the plan's based on looks to be wrong."
Of course, it's been a long time since I've trusted anything this administration has claimed, but it truly bewilders me why anyone but the most fervent partisan cheerleaders give them any credibility at all. It's staggering to imagine that we're placing the future of our country's security into their hands buy trusting them not to completely screw up post-war Iraq.
(via Talking Points Memo, which also points to more good news from Sy Hersh.)