further thoughts on bush's lack of credibility
Many of Bush's defenders point out his torturously parsed prose that, by some interpretations, is technically true. ("The British have learned...") I'm sure we'll see more of the same with the revelation of the lack of evidence of connections between Iraq and al Qaeda.
But they miss the point, and hand Democrats the opportunity to shake the public from their misapprehension that Bush is a trustworthy man. If Bush's statements have to be carefully parsed to reveal a technical truth that does not, in fact, support the point the President appears to be making (Saddam is behind 9/11! Saddam is building a bomb! Americans get an average thousand dollar tax cut! ad nausuem), it means that the President's word can't be trusted.
Let's say that again.
The President's word can't be trusted.